How to Handle Divorce When Children Are Involved
It can be complicated to get divorced when children are involved. When children are involved in a divorce, the amount of topics and areas to sort out with your spouse substantially increase.
There are many factors to take into consideration. Decisions will have to be made pertaining to child support and child custody. It is also a good idea to come up with a parenting plan which outlines details of how the children will be cared for.
Follow the below tips to make the divorce process a bit easier when children are involved:
- Try to stay on good terms with your spouse: it may be difficult to avoid arguments with your spouse, however, keep in mind that you will have to interact with them indefinitely. When children are involved, you will have to communicate with your spouse to coordinate parenting time with your children, and as they grow older, to coordinate their after school activities and other aspects of parenting. Imagine what it would be like for your children if they were to see you arguing with your (ex)spouse all the time versus if you and your (ex)spouse were to become masterful at co-parenting. Do your best to preserve a cooperative relationship with your spouse so it makes it easier on the children. It may not be easy, and there are many books that discuss this topic.
- Be mindful of the appropriateness of “adult” issues and exposure to your children. The details of your divorce are painful for you, it could only be even more painful to your children should they learn of them. You may be tempted to vent to your children, however, it would best to protect them by withholding the details of the divorce and reserving any such thoughts, comments and venting for a session with a therapist or life or divorce coach. Be mindful not to leave divorce papers out in the open where your children may get access to read them or leaving your computer open where your children might see that email discussing some of your divorce matters.
- Determine an effective way of co-parenting: try to have respect for your spouse’s decisions and keep an open mind. You may not agree with every decision your spouse makes, however, make an effort to see it from their point of view.
- Get outside assistance: seek assistance from a specialist who can help you. The specialist should be trained in child psychology. This will help your child get through this difficult time if they are having trouble dealing with all of the changes that come with divorce.
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