The short answer is: there is no right answer. Regardless of whether you break up before your child is four, fourteen or forty, there are benefits and pitfalls to breaking up with children at all ages. Below are a few considerations…
X Parenting orders need to be considered until the children are 18 years or older.
X If a child doesn’t want to see their Spends Time With Parent and the Live With Parent doesn’t facilitate and encourage time with the Spends Time With Parent, then the Live With Parent may be in breach of Court Parenting Orders.
X children may be too young to spend large periods of time with their Spends Time With Parent
X Despite parenting orders, children want to be with their friends, not with their parents (this could also be a pro to some people).
X Children will be more opinionated with both parents and their parents’ new partners
X Teenage children cannot be forced to spend time with a parent if they don’t wish to. The live with parent cannot force a child to see their other parent and cannot be held responsible for their actions
X More intertwined financial assets and more challenging finding an amicable binding financial agreement
X Some Parents tend to vent frustrations on their adult children, causing some to take sides and distance themselves from one parent
X Some parents are so upset that they can’t be civil or at the same family functions
X Some adult children are unable to comprehend why their parents’ marriage of 30 or 40 years has ended