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Divorce could have negative effects on Massachusetts children

Childhood should be an enjoyable time in everyone's lives to be looked back upon fondly. Going to school, making friends, and taking family trips should be memories that make people glad their childhoods were so pleasant. Unfortunately, not everyone has a slate of wonderful memories, and being caught in the middle of their parents' divorce can be very hard on children, including those in Massachusetts.

When children learn that their parents are getting a divorce, they may not know what to think or even understand what that means. It is important that information regarding a divorce is given to them in terms they will understand. Divorce can be very stressful on children as they may not know how to deal with extreme changes or feel as if they are to blame in some way. They may begin to do badly in school, act out, or become more introverted because they do not know how to express their true feelings about the situation.

That's not to say that staying together for the sake of the children is always in their best interest. Some couples think divorce would be too difficult on their children or don't want to go through custody agreements. Having parents who constantly do not get along can negatively affect children and also cause them stress. Creating a positive environment for children is important whether it is pre-, during or post-divorce.

The decision to divorce or not divorce can be a very difficult one, especially when children are involved. It is important to think of the best interests of everyone that will be directly affected by a divorce. The proceedings can be very cumbersome for all parties involved, and knowing more about the process and laws could help ease the stress. Information on Massachusetts divorce and child custody laws is readily available for those wishing to seek it.

Source: thesouthern.com, "Diary of a child of divorce," Stephanie Duckworth, May 14, 2013

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