Helping kids adjust to divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Missouri parents place a huge priority on the well-being of their children. This is particularly true during and after a divorce. Even in amicable divorces, the transition from living together as a family to separate households can be very difficult for kids. That is why parents often take special care to minimize the trauma and to stabilize their lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Mental health and family experts generally agree that there is a lot that parents can do to reduce the negative impact of a divorce on children. It’s very important that parents look after their emotional and physical needs at this time, as it can be stressful for them as well.

When parents are worn down, irritable and overwhelmed, children will pick up on their state. Divorcing parents should seek individual counseling as a way of managing their overwhelming emotions. Getting some form of regular exercise, such as walking, running or visiting the gym is also important. Eating healthily and getting enough sleep are likewise crucial to keeping some balance during the end of a marriage, particularly if there are issues that are in dispute.

Parents should also be careful about what they say about each other in the presence of the children. Ongoing hostilities can make negotiations over things like child support and parenting time even more difficult. In addition, kids need to feel like they are not required to take sides during the divorce.

High conflict divorces can take a lot of time to complete, which results in a significant toll on a couple’s finances and the emotional well-being of family members. Having the assistance of their respective family law attorneys early on may be advisable and could facilitate the settlement negotiations process.

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