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Knowing when to divorce and consider fathers' rights

For many Pennsylvania men, knowing when to pull the plug on a relationship is a difficult matter. No one wants to give up on a marriage, especially when there is any chance of improving the relationship. That said, there are situations in which divorce may be the best path forward. Men can benefit from understanding when it may be better to simply move on and focus on fathers' rights.

One example is when a couple has tried counseling yet found no relief. Successful couples counseling depends upon two committed individuals who are fully prepared to embrace the counseling process. If one spouse is reluctant or bitter about being forced to attend therapy, there is very little chance of a successful outcome. Even when both partners are committed to the process, it is still possible that they may decide that they would be happier living apart than remaining together.

Another indication of a failed marriage is when one or both partners are actively considering cheating. Even when spouses don't actually follow through on these thoughts, simply fantasizing about being with someone else is a sign of deep-seated relationship problems. If these thoughts progress, it may be time to throw in the towel.

When it comes to fathers' rights, men have a unique set of needs. This is especially true in regard to child custody matters. Working with a qualified family law attorney who is well-versed in representing fathers is an important part of the process. In many cases, both Pennsylvania spouses emerge from a divorce in a better position to achieve lasting happiness.

Source:, "Divorce May Be the Better Choice", Luis Congdon, Oct. 25, 2017

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