Chadwick M. Layton, Esq.[i]
Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A.
DIVORCE & MINOR CHILDREN
What can be done to protect children from a difficult divorce?
This is an extremely important question for parents that are no longer in a healthy marriage. The initial answer provided by some is - don’t get a divorce. Stay together for the benefit of the child. There is some merit to this advice, however it is not a one size fits all solution.
The decision to have a child together should not to be taken lightly and it bears some responsibility. Any parent reading this column knows very well the responsibility that they welcome each day to care for and do their very best for their child. When parents run into a difficult time in their marriage, which we all do, the child deserves the benefit of both parents giving their very best effort to try and make the marriage work.
This extra effort from both parents to actively work on and at resolving their marital problems and exploring multiple options before filing for divorce, this is the task that spouses with minor children are charged with completing before divorce in my opinion. This view is different than – don’t get a divorce.
Marriages are not all simple with easy answers. They are messy and in some cases they do not work. The best solution for some marriages is to get a divorce. If that is the case and there are children under the age of eighteen, specific action can be taken to avoid unnecessary stress or conflict felt by the child.
The intentional steps taken early on in divorce by the parents and their attorney can provide a non-adversarial and healthy process for the parents and the child to navigate toward being co-parents.
The law firm you choose in divorce should match your needs.
[i] Chadwick M. Layton is a partner and shareholder at Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A., located in downtown Lake Worth.
Mr. Layton is also a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section and the Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches,
101 North J Street, Lake Worth
Phone (561) 585-4631