Child-Centered Divorce: What It Is, What It Means, And Why It's Important

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When two adults decide they no longer wish to be married, it can be as simple as parting ways and moving on with your life. However, when two adults who are married and share a child, parting ways is not such a simple process. You can get a divorce, and you can part ways, but the child between you is a tie that will always bind you, and that does not have to be a bad situation. The child-centered divorce is all about getting a divorce in a way that is less likely to be detrimental and unsettling for the child. 

The Child-Centered Divorce Explained 

In the most basic terms, a child-centered divorce is simply going through the divorce process with the best interests of the child at the center. Each step of the divorce process will take into account how choices may affect the child. Some things that may happen include:

  • Extensive mediation meetings with the parents to discuss issues
  • An in-depth examination of marital property and who should keep what depending on custody 
  • Lengthy, honest discussions regarding custodial arrangements and child support

What Does the Child-Centered Divorce Mean Legally?

Legally-speaking, there really is no difference in the divorce process. The one thing that is usually a given is you will be filing for a no-contest divorce by the time all is said and done. You spend more time working through differences prior to filing so the actual legal side is as straightforward as possible.

Also, since you will be working through differences prior to filing, you will likely not be dealing with lengthier times in court if you even have to go to court at all. With a no-contest divorce when two parents have already agreed to custodial arrangements and child support, there is no reason for the filing motion to be held up in family court so a judge has to make decisions. 

Why Is the Child-Centered Divorce Important When You Have Children?

Children with divorced parents can be at a higher risk of having emotional or psychological problems. So many factors contribute to this fact, such as loss of close contact with one of the parents, changes in family dynamics, and even having to relocate or live different economically speaking. Going into the divorce process with the risks of the child in mind can help parents diffuse the situation so the child does not sustain as much stress. For example, to combat issues with loss of contact with one parent, the two adults can make sure they arrange for visits with both parents in spite of a legally required separation. 

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