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Couples who are facing divorce in California may face the question of whether they should stay together for their kids’ sake. Since the circumstances surrounding every divorce are unique, the answer to this question isn’t always clear. The bottom line is that parents should ask themselves if it would be beneficial for their children to remain in a home where their parents are unhappy together. Otherwise, the children might be better off living in two homes where their parents are happier but separated.

If you’re facing divorce, evaluating whether you should stay together for your kids may not be an easy task. On the one hand, if your children continue to live in an environment that’s filled with constant anger or frustration, they may learn unhealthy parenting skills. On the other hand, if you and your ex are able to remain civil and work together to co-parent, your children may benefit from remaining in a loving, stable environment.

When evaluating whether or not to remain together in the same home, ask yourself if you’ll be able to cooperate with your ex as co-parents. If you and your ex have the ability to put your children first, your kids might have an advantage if the two of you stay together. However, if patterns of abuse are present or you’re unable to remain together under the same roof without living in conflict, it may be time to consider living in separate homes.

If your marriage has reached the point of becoming irreparable, navigating complex issues such as the division of assets, child custody agreements and other matters can be difficult. If you find yourself in this situation, you might consider consulting with an experienced divorce attorney. An attorney may be able to advise you of your rights and help you settle these issues with greater clarity.