Lots of people stay in bad marriages for the sake of their kids. Ironically enough, this can sometimes have an even more negative on them than splitting up. Even though they're young, they will still be able to sense the tension between the two of you. When it's time to face the facts that you need a divorce, how can you best protect your kids? There are ways to make sure that co parenting works out for your family.

Mediator Rachel Green discusses ways to stop being plagued by thoughts of whether your children will make it out okay after the dust has settled and you've realized that your marriage just isn't working. Now that talks of divorce aren't the big elephant in the room, being concerned about whether it will have a negative effect on the kids is perfectly natural and understanding. However, research has shown that it's not divorce that hurts children but rather high conflict between the parents. Choosing to go through mediation will give you an opportunity to talk about all of the feelings and needs that have risen because of the end of the marriage — without the kids being involved. You have to remember that even though you are no longer together, you still share a bond through your family.

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