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Low-conflict parenting may help children become more successful

Divorce has a way to bring out the worst in people. Many times a lengthy and exhaustive courtroom battle leaves parents with less than their best for their children. With some divorces extending on past the one-year mark, it could mean a lot of time spent in high-conflict zones at home. According to a recent study, a child's success in life may hinge on how much their parents have in common and how much conflict they experience at home.

It should come as no surprise to many that some of the top things that breed successful children are practices like giving them chores at home and teaching them social skills. However, according to a University of Illinois study, children whose parents have a low-conflict relationship, regardless of being divorced, fare much better than children who experience their parent's conflict.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but many people may be shocked to find out just how many couples simply don't shield their children from the turmoil of divorce. Even if their relationship, up to that point was relatively healthy, the conflict between parents during and after divorce may affect the child's ability to adapt and adjust to their new lifestyle. While parents may let go of their frustration and anger soon after a divorce is final, a divorce wrapped in high conflict can affect a child for years if not longer.

Many family court professionals realized and understood this impact long before studies like this one came out. They began offering collaborative divorce services as an alternative to the typical divorce battle. When couples opt to use a collaborative law approach to their divorce, it does not mean they are any less hurt by the loss of their marriage. It means that their child's well-being and happiness outweighs their pain.

There is no recipe for a successful child but protecting them from the conflict of divorce may help. For information about how a collaborative law approach may benefit your family, speak to a trusted family law attorney.

Source: Independent.com, "Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common," Rachel Gillett,┬áDrake Baer, Nov. 27, 2015

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