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Having Children Could Lead to a Stressful Marriage

There's plenty of value and exciting things that a child can bring, but having a baby could actually put a dent in a marriage and increase the likelihood of a divorce. According to a study by U.S. News and World Report, 90 percent of couples say the quality of their relationship declined after their first child was born. This is not to say that it's a bad idea to have kids, but it's something to consider when doing the family planning. Otherwise, it could lead to a stressful marriage.

Some loving parents might be thinking, "How can a child possibly damage a relationship?" Parenthood can be demanding, especially for new parents, and that new child can certainly add a whole new level of unexpected stress. This kind of stress can lead to dissatisfaction within a relationship.

"Marital satisfaction decreases over time. It just decreases faster around the time a baby is born," Galena Roberts, a psychologist and senior researcher at the University of Denver, said in the U.S. News and World Report.

Sometimes couples find that they are not right for one another only after they have children and realize that their relationship is draining more energy than it is giving back. In instances like this, the couple will often consider a divorce. Once the decision to divorce has been made, there's a great deal of unanticipated legal issues that can arise. How will property be divided? Who will get custody of the children? Is one parent eligible for spousal maintenance? These are the questions that Phoenix family lawyers deal with on a regular basis. Family lawyers are available to help those people who are looking to divorce with such legal issues.

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