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Does having children lead to divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2021 | Divorce

Some couples in Texas decide to have kids as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. Contrary to popular belief, having kids doesn’t automatically increase your chances of getting divorced. However, other factors related to having kids could increase the strain on your marriage.

What are some factors that could lead to divorce?

Financial issues frequently lead couples to file for divorce. Having children puts an extra strain on your finances. Studies have shown that it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to raise a child–and if you already have money issues, you might have to go deeper into debt or take on a second job. The stress of raising a child and paying the bills might drive you and your spouse even further apart.

On the other hand, some parents feel pressured to leave their careers so they can raise their children full-time. In particular, women often feel pressured to be the primary caregivers. This could cause resentment between the spouses because one parent has to drop everything while the other can continue working. In many cases, raising a child is so time-consuming that one parent feels like they have to give up their hobbies, outside relationships and everything else that they enjoyed before they had a child.

Even relatively happy marriages can suffer from the strain of bringing a child into the house. If you feel like reconciliation is impossible, you might want to talk to a divorce attorney.

Should you stay together for your kids?

Many parents feel pressured to stay together for their kids. Even if you’re not sure if you want to get divorced, you could always talk to an attorney to weigh your options. This is a good way to start building a relationship with an attorney if you do decide to get divorced.