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Divorce and separation can stress out your children

Having and raising is a happy event. A parent may love their family immensely but be unable to maintain the marital relationship. As a result, divorce and separation can have substantial impacts on the family, especially for children. Therefore, parents may wish to make the situation as amicable as possible.

In some instances, discussing the fact that a divorce will occur will lessen a child's confusion. If possible, given the relationship between the parents, both parents should be present for the conversation in order to help offer comfort to the children and answer any questions. Because feelings of guilt often plague children when it comes to divorce, this conversation could also help them understand that they are not at fault. The involvement of a mental health professional in helping the parents craft their message to the child, or even during the conversation with the child, can be helpful. 

Additionally, when it comes time for the children to spend days or weekends with the other parent, making the transition as stress-free as possible may help. Keeping both parents active in children's lives can be beneficial, but if a child begins to feel that one parent does not want him or her spending time with the other parent, the child may feel guilty. Instead of involving the child in the conflict, parents may wish to actively encourage strong relationships with the other parent. 

Divorce and separation can cause upheaval, but parents often have the opportunity to make the situation less stressful on kids. Therefore, individuals may wish to plan for their divorces in a manner that keeps their children's best interests in mind, including when it comes to child custody. Speaking with experienced California attorneys could help interested individuals determine their best courses of action.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Ways To Help Your Kids Get Through Divorce", Dr. Kurt Smith, March 22, 2017

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