Proponents of the waiting period claim that when couples are forced to wait they may reconcile. It is also considered beneficial if minor children are in the home to give couples time to think of the consequences to the children. Opponents claim that it puts more emotional stress on the couple and children because the negative emotions in the home build. Financial matters can worsen with a waiting period because legal fees can build. Opponents point out the chance of domestic violence rises when two people are forced to stay in a marriage and can be dangerous.