Many people in Maryland have heard about the negative consequences that a divorce can have on children. This is a legitimate concern, but it's more about how the parents handle their divorce that will influence and impact their children. In a marriage that simply isn't working, staying and trying to "fix" the situation may well end up being more traumatic for the child than a well-handled divorce. Parents shouldn't avoid a divorce because of concerns about the children, they just need to be aware of the situation.
Parents should always consider the best interests of the child throughout the process, and keep them from being exposed to the negativity that can sometimes accompany a contentious divorce. There are several things parents can do to lessen the impact of dissolution on a child. These include not fighting in front of the child, and making sure not to badmouth the child's other parent or family members. Children can be stressed out enough by all the changes they are going through in their lives, and hearing bad things about a person they care about will just make that stress worse. Also, children shouldn't be used as messengers between parents, and pressing a child for inside information about their lives with the other parent could also have negative effects on the child, who may feel trapped between a rock and a hard place.