Indiana couples going through divorce have begun to choose a new option when it comes to child custody. The term is “Parenting Marriage”, and some couples feel it’s the best way to raise their children.
What is a parenting marriage
A parenting marriage is when a couple chooses to stay married and live together with their children. They may no longer be in love, but they stay together instead of going through child custody battles.
What are the benefits of a parenting marriage
The top benefit of this arrangement is retaining stability for the children. In a traditional divorce, kids might be forced to move from their homes. They may be shuffled between households for parenting time. Other benefits include:
- Continued family time
- One home; instead of “dad’s” house and “mom’s” house
- Activities and holidays are still done as a family
What are some drawbacks to a parenting marriage
Some parents may opt for joint child custody instead of staying in a parenting marriage. It can be difficult to live with someone you are no longer in love with. Annoying habits and old tensions can make it feel like you’re walking on eggshells.
Your children can feel this tension, even if you try your best to hide it. Some ways this can impact them include:
- Forcing the child into a “peacekeeper” role
- Added stress, anxiety and depression
- Behavioral or academic problems
Creating a successful parenting marriage
If a parenting marriage appeals to you, make sure you and your spouse talk it over extensively. It will require a lot of cooperation and compromise. Setting ground rules ahead of time can ensure your children continue to have a peaceful, happy childhood.