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How does a high-conflict divorce affect children?

Often, hurt feelings on one or both sides precede an Alabama divorce. Sometimes, this leads to a high-conflict situation between parents. If the situation between you and your child’s other parent has become acrimonious, know that it benefits your child in the long run for you and your ex to figure out a way to reduce the strife that exists between you.

Per Psychology Today, parental conflicts have negative effects on children, regardless of whether their parents involved in the conflict are in a marriage or have divorced. How might ongoing issues between you and your ex impact your child?

How conflict affects children of marriage and divorce

Studies show that if you are in a high-conflict marriage, staying in the marriage may cause your child more harm than splitting from a partner with whom you no longer get along. However, if conflict exists between you and your ex, it may have a substantial impact on your child’s mental health – regardless of whether you divorce your partner or remain married.

How conflict affects a child’s mental health

Studies show that when there is a high level of conflict between parents, it has negative impacts on a child’s mental health. It may, too, hinder the strength and nature of your child’s future romantic relationships. Furthermore, if you and your ex fight on a regular basis, it may also hurt your child’s sense of self-worth, self-concept and self-esteem.

To reduce the level of conflict that exists between you and your child’s other parent, consider communicating with him or her only by email and only when necessary.

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