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Limiting the effects a divorce can have on your children

| May 29, 2017 | Family Law |

The impact a divorce will have on the well-being of a child could depend on how the parents handle the process. Perhaps you and your spouse attempted to stay together for the sake of your kids, but ultimately decided it was in the best interest of everyone that the two of you part ways. Although divorce may lead to a healthier situation in the long run, you might have some concerns about how the current situation will affect the young ones.

Children often have more difficulty understanding and accepting divorce than the parents. Chances are, you probably consider the needs of your child to be a top priority, and addressing his or her needs and feelings might help your kid get through this emotional event with less difficulty.

Safeguarding a child’s well-being during divorce

Divorce can be a stressful and challenging process for everyone involved. However, there are certain steps a parent can take that might help reduce the sting of such an emotional life event, such as:

  • Communication:  Explaining the current situation to your children in a manner they can grasp will likely be beneficial in the long run. Open lines of communication between you and your children might help them open up about their feelings, which can help you address each of them in turn.
  • Assurance:  A child may feel as though he or she is losing a parent during divorce, or perhaps that he or she might be to blame, and addressing these insecurities is important.
  • Words:  You might be at odds with your spouse, but taking care to avoid speaking ill of him or her in front of the kids is advisable.
  • Involvement:  Although it might be difficult to speak to the other parent during this time, you might want to avoid using your children as a go-between for your own issues.

Much like adults, children often need time and space to grieve following the news of divorce. If you feel as though you are having trouble getting through to your child, additional assistance, such as therapy, is always available.

Assistance throughout the process

Along with taking measure to protect your child in the here and now, you are likely wondering how custody negotiations will impact his or her future. With numerous factors to address during the process of divorce, and the potential gravity of the overall outcome, you could be feeling somewhat overwhelmed by it all, most likely prompting a need for assistance throughout this stressful process.

By speaking with an attorney who is knowledgeable of divorce and child custody laws in Wisconsin, you could obtain much-needed guidance for the road ahead. A family law attorney can address your concerns and wishes and help you pursue the most favorable outcome regarding the future well-being of your kids, as well as every other aspect of your divorce.