A divorce in Pennsylvania can bring out the worst in both parties. Despite efforts to maintain the peace, sometimes hostile behavior escalates quickly. You may wonder why you should bother to try to keep things on an amicable footing. 

According to Forbes, here are some reasons why you should try to get along during the divorce process. 

It calms your family

While you may know that maintaining stability for your children is an important goal during this time, sometimes it helps to consciously remind yourself of this fact. Plus, courts look at the behavior of both parents when trying to make a custody determination. Parental alienation, angry outbursts or even just poor decisions reflect badly on a parent who chooses to engage in such behavior rather than prioritizing the children. 

It can help you financially

Although you may feel better initially when you scream, fight or try to get back at your spouse, doing so can have unwelcome consequences. A judge may even award you less than your fair share when distributing assets. Maintaining a steady level of interaction is a better course of action to take. 

Some people lose control to the point that they carry a dispute to a spouse’s workplace, which can affect employment and career options to the point of a loss of earning potential. Insulting a spouse on social media is a similarly damaging act. A court may see either one of these in less than favorable terms and could decide to lower the amount of support or distribute assets less equally. 

It can reduce your stress level

Whether your marriage lasted for a brief time or for decades, the upheaval that accompanies divorce takes a toll as you create a new life. When you are constantly battling with your ex, your stress level elevates and can become damaging to your health. If you are able to keep things harmonious, you can start moving into the next phase of your life sooner.