By Susie and Otto Collins, Relationship Coaches
If you are considering ending your marriage after infidelity — and children are involved, there can be many concerns. One of the most common and central is the question: “What’s best for our children?”
This question deserves serious attention.
From years of experience as relationship coaches, we’ve been privileged to hear the stories of many couples— just like you—who are contemplating whether or not to get a divorce after infidelity has been discovered. All of these people just wanted to make the best decision for themselves and their families.
It is common for people in this situation to “protect” the children by doing whatever they can to prevent them from knowing that their parents’ marriage is in trouble and why it’s in trouble.
Unfortunately, it can be a big shock to the kids when they do realize the real state of their parent’s marriage, let alone the circumstances. We’ve found out that most of the time the kids DO have a sense of how bad a marriage has become although they may not know the details. They might suspect that something just isn’t right in their home, especially after infidelity, or they overtly hear or see signs that betray the truth the parents are trying to shield them from.
There are many possible feelings that motivate people when trying to decide whether to continue or end their marriage after infidelity. Guilt might be central for some people. Others make the decision based totally on blind faith. Yet others allow concerns about “appearances” to guide them in making the divorce decision.
As we mentioned above, we’ve discovered that children are more intuitive than most people think. We’ve also found that children are more resilient than they are expected to be. If you have children and are struggling with this situation, one important question to ask yourselves is this…”Which will better show them an ongoing example of love in action—staying together or ending the marriage after infidelity?”
Can you get past the affair, forgive each other and make a new start in your relationship after infidelity? Or is your marriage past the “saving” point?
The answer to this question must come from your heart and not your head. Let go of past programming of how you “should” be and allow the answer to come from deep within yourself.There are no guarantees that love will be better the second (or third…) time around. It all depends on you choosing the best partner for you as well as you and your new partner’s willingness to work through the challenges that may arise. These are just a couple of factors that contribute to how possible it will be for you to create a love relationship or marriage that is happy and harmonious.
Let’s face it, raising children can be quite a challenge in and of itself! Whether you decide to stay in or leave your marriage after infidelity, make the commitment to show your children the best example of love in action that is possible for you to do.
Relationship coaches Susie and Otto Collins, authors of “Should You Stay or Should You Go?” and “No More Jealousy” are experts at helping people get more of the love they really want. Learn how you can make the best possible choice of whether to stay or go in your situation by visiting http://www.StayorGo.com.