Protecting Your Children During the Divorce Process
Emotionally speaking, getting divorced is not an easy process for adults, much less for the children. Although parents sometimes find themselves in situations where divorce is the lesser of two evils — the emotional harm to the children might be even worse if they stayed in a toxic marriage — parents must be careful to protect their children from the negative fallout during and after the divorce process.
Children are the product of both parents
One important fact for parents to remember is that children are the product of two parents. When parents make disparaging comments about the children's other parents, children often internalize those negative comments. Likewise, you should not discuss details about the divorce with your children beyond what each child can reasonably understand based on his or her emotional and mental maturity.
Parents should also remember that it is normal for preteen and teenage children to attempt to play one parent against the other. The best way to combat this problem is to address it directly, explaining to your child that no matter what happens in the divorce proceedings, you will continue to make decisions in the child's best interest.
Consider counseling if needed
Over the years, we have worked with many families through the divorce process. We find children to be resilient and adaptable when both parents are willing to put the children's needs first. If the other parent insists on making things difficult for the children, intentionally or otherwise, make sure you keep an eye on your children's behavior and provide an opportunity for counseling if needed to help them deal with their feelings and adapt to their new lifestyle.
If you need assistance with a divorce, child custody, or child support matter, call the Peterson Law Group at 936-337-4681 or 979-703-7014. Our experienced Conroe, Texas divorce attorneys take a firm stand to protect your rights and interests in every case.