Sometimes couples find themselves having to deal with an unplanned pregnancy during a divorce. Some couples choose to terminate the pregnancy, others decide to continue with the pregnancy. Depending on the situation surrounding the divorce, the pregnancy, and the wants and needs of each partner, different divorcing couples take different actions.
Some couples reconsider divorce and choose to try to make their marriage work. The prospect of a new baby sometimes makes couples reconsider their divorce and take steps to work together for the benefit of the child. Often, these couples choose marriage counseling to help them solve their issues.
Some couples postpone the divorce until the baby is born. They decide that it is in the best interest of the child and the mother to withhold divorce proceedings until after the birth. After this time, the couple continues with the divorce and discusses custody, child support, and visitation issues.
Finally, some couples continue with the divorce throughout the pregnancy and include child support and visitation issues in their final settlement. Sometimes, both parents want to be a part of the child’s life, whereas in other situations, one parent may want to only pay child support and separate themselves completely from the child’s life.
Negotiating a pregnancy during a divorce adds another layer of stress, but it can be done.