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Tips for parents in divorce

All parents want to do what's best for their kids, but in the complicated and sometimes acrimonious world of a divorce, it's possible to lose sight of a child's needs. Divorce can be a time-consuming process, but parents should not become so involved with the mechanics of the process that they come to ignore their children's needs. Children have their own concerns and fears, and they require nurturing and reassurance throughout the divorce process.

Divorce experts remind spouses that just because they are separating does not mean they will be out of each other's lives. Parents will need to communicate closely with each other in order to care for the children they share. To ease this process, spouses should try to maintain a peaceful relationship during a divorce.

During a divorce, children should be protected from parent's problems as much as possible. Children have their own fears and concerns at this time; they don't need to be burdened by a parent's worries as well. Money issues and relationship problems should be kept securely in the realm of adults.

It's also very important to effect a smooth transition for children when moving from parent to parent. Moving between houses can be a huge source of stress for children, so parents should make an effort to ensure that such transitions are as comfortable as possible. Meetings between parents should be brief and friendly. Children should never be asked to carry messages or child support checks in between houses.

Divorce is a big transition for families, and it can be tough for parents to handle both the legal and the familial aspects of the separation. An experienced divorce attorney can ease the legal burden by helping parents through the complex world of child custody and division of assets, but it is up to the parents to ensure their children's happiness and wellbeing. Divorce can be a tough time for children, but when both parents work together towards the child's best interests, it gets a lot easier.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Parenting Tips While Going Through Divorce," Micki McWade, Oct. 30, 2012

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