How to Protect Your Children from Parental Conflict During Divorce
Divorcing couples may not agree on much but one thing that they can probably agree on is that they both want what is best for their children. Divorce is a very difficult and stressful time and children will feel the toll of divorce as well. The good news is there are some ways that you can protect your children from parental conflict during divorce.
If your children are old enough to understand what divorce really means, make sure that you are not getting into details with them about your frustrations with your ex. Even if you have teenage children and they ask you why you are angry with your ex; it is best not to vent to your children.
Just as you would not want your spouse to badmouth you to your children; it is best to have the same respect for your spouse as well. Children are very sensitive to their environment, and it is best to create a safe and healthy environment for them.
It is Best to Avoid Parental Alienation
Parental alienation happens when one parent influences a child into disengaging with the other parent, usually by speaking negatively about the other parent. The parent who is speaking negatively about the other parent may also refuse to coordinate time sharing and be uncooperative in the co-parenting process.
That is going to be extremely difficult on children because children want to be loved by both parents, they want to be accepted by both parents and they want to be loyal to both parents.
Parental alienation can also result in serious psychological and emotional issues that may impact your child custody case.
If you're struggling with divorce and need someone to talk to, reach out to a trusted friend or consider seeking the help of a qualified therapist or counselor.
Do Not Deny Parenting Time to Your Ex
No matter how old your children are children need both of their parents to be involved in their lives. It would not be fair to keep your children from the other parent. If you are trying to punish your ex by keeping them from their children, it also punishes your children. Children do not deserve to be placed in the middle of a parental battle.
Learn How to Effectively Communicate with Your Ex
Part of the co-parenting process is to be flexible. The more flexible you are, the easier it will be to get along with your ex and ensure that your children are not impacted negatively by the divorce process. The are parenting courses available online where you can learn ways to effectively co-parent and there are co-parenting apps that both you and your ex can use to communicate about the children and share documents, events, and calendar all in one place. So look for resources and ways in which co-parenting can be made easier for you.
Speak to a Manhattan Divorce Mediator to Help with Parental Conflict
You do not have to figure it all out alone. Reach out to Sabra Law Group today to schedule a confidential consultation at (646) 472-7971.