On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
As Missouri parents who have terminated a marriage may know, divorce can be an especially difficult time for the children involved. Knowing how to talk to your children about a separation may help to ease them into the transition to a new life without both parents residing in the home.
According to a report published by the medical journal Pediatrics, behavioral changes may occur in children because of a marriage termination. This may be due to to the parents themselves, self-blame or the circumstances surrounding the breakup. Because parents may have a difficult time dealing with it themselves, professional help or support groups may help individuals through the situation.
According to one pediatrician, maintaining a normal routine can help a child cope with the change. Maintaining a routine might include school, activities outside of school and seeing other family members and friends. A pediatrics professor who cowrote the report stated that support for children was important. While split-ups affect about 1 million children per year, researchers said most children experienced problems adjusting the year after the marriage termination. After that, many problems resolved after two or three years. While some children might feel the effects of a divorce for a long time, others might feel that sense of loss only during holidays or times that were special to the family, such as birthdays.
An individual facing divorce may know that having a good separation agreement in place may help ease the transition for children. An attorney may help build an agreement that incorporates what is best for the children and helps relieve the stress of change.