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Divorce: How to help your kids cope

On Behalf of | May 13, 2020 | Uncategorized

Any number of issues may lead a New Jersey couple to determine that ending their relationship is better than staying together. While overall divorce rates across the country have decreased in recent years, it is still a common experience. When children are involved, many emotional, financial and legal issues can arise that make it difficult for them to cope.

On an emotional front, a parent might find that each child reacts in a unique way upon learning that there is going to be a divorce. Depending on the ages of the children in question, a parent may address certain issues in various ways. For instance, a teenager might have more questions and want more details than a younger child does. As long as a parent encourages honesty and lets kids know that the divorce is not their fault, and that the parents will be there to provide strong support as their kids adapt to a new lifestyle, there’s a good chance the children will come to terms with the situation and learn to move forward in a healthy manner.

Parents must resolve many financial issues when they divorce, including child support, property division and other topics. Such issues often have a direct effect on kids, which is why it is best if parents are able to amicably resolve conflict and achieve a fair settlement that keeps their children’s best interests in mind. When children are constantly exposed to confrontation between parents, they are less likely to be able to cope with divorce in a positive way.

Legal problems can be the most difficult type of issues to resolve. Children take their cues from their parents. If they witness a parent reaching out for additional support to help resolve a legal issue, they may be more willing to ask for help when they need it, as well. An experienced New Jersey family law attorney can advocate for a concerned parent to help protect his or her rights and to make sure that all proceedings are centrally focused on children’s best interests.