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Children's issues: When parental fighting affects kids adversely

Many children are like little sponges, and they soak up the energy in their environments whether that energy is positive or negative. When parents are divorcing, there could be a lot of fighting going on between parents, and that has a bearing on their children. When it comes to children's issues in British Columbia, parents need to realize how they act toward each other -- if they're continually fighting -- as it may affect their children in ways that could do emotional damage.

High-conflict marriages affect children for a number of reasons, one of which includes the unpleasant overall environment it creates. Depending upon the age of the child, he or she can still be emotionally immature. Parental fighting sets a poor example, and these fights may actually affect the relationships children have with their parents.

Studies have shown that incessant fighting between parents may affect a child's ability to learn, may affect the relationships they have with their friends, may cause them to act out, and could even affect them physically. Fighting is considered problematic when there is name-calling involved, insults hurled, walking out, threatening abandonment or any form of physical violence. If parents believe their fighting might be affecting their children adversely, it may be time to enlist the help of a therapist.

A British Columbia lawyer is aware of how children's issues are affected by divorce. He or she may be able to help a client regarding issues that may be problematic with a former spouse and which can cause argumentative behaviour, such as child custody and child support. Getting the advice of a lawyer may help to ease the stress of the divorce process and so ease the fighting between a soon-to-be divorced couple.  

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