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How to minimize the effects of divorce on children

| Mar 20, 2020 | Firm News

One of the first questions that Tennessee parents will ask during a divorce is how they can keep the divorce from affecting the kids. The truth is that the negative impacts of divorce cannot be eliminated. However, they can be minimized when parents make the kids the first focus and are able to put some of their issues aside for the sake of the children.

Children of divorce are more likely to suffer from emotional issues and poor academic performance. They may also take more risks than average children. They feel certain stress during the divorce no matter their age. Children may be at different levels of emotional angst depending on their age. Even young children will be unsettled because they must transition between two homes.

The best way of helping children adjust to the divorce is when the two parents can work together with a minimum of friction. The parents should maintain healthy relationships with the children and each other to facilitate the children’s well-being. Moreover, they should not avoid disciplining the children but should instead maintain structure in the children’s lives. Most important, kids need to be made to feel safe. This means that parents crate the conditions under which they can thrive. Parents should routinely check in with their children and make sure that the kids know that they are always available.

Since harmonious relations between the parents are vital to the children’s long-term well-being, it is vital to settle the divorce with a minimum of friction. Avoiding litigation is in the children’s best interests. One way to cut the risk of litigation is to hire a family law and divorce attorney who might help their client negotiate an agreement with the other spouse that could take the possibility of a lawsuit off the table.