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Child custody: Helping the kids cope with divorce

Upon making the decision to dissolve a marriage, many parents in Washington may consider it paramount to take measures to safeguard the well-being of their kids. For children, understanding why their parents are separating and how the process will impact their lives can be a difficult process. In addition to pursuing a child custody agreement focused on the best interests of the kids, parents may also find it helpful to understand the challenges their kids may face and find ways to address any issues they might experience.

Since kids generally have more difficulty understanding the concept of divorce, they may have questions about the process. When talking to children about divorce, parents may find it helpful to explain the situation in a manner the kids can grasp. Speaking to the kids about the situation and providing them with reassurances of love could help prevent them from coming up with their own conclusions or feeling as though they are to blame for what is happening.

While they might not be on the best of terms with one another, parents may find it advisable to avoid speaking ill about the other party in front of the kids. The behavior of the parents can have a significant impact on how children adjust to the situation. If the children will be spending time in two separate households, coming up with ground rules for behavior could help reduce the likelihood of conflict or confusion.

Ending a marriage can be a daunting experience, and parents in Washington may have concerns about how the process will affect their kids. Since child custody can be one of the toughest aspects of divorce, a parent could benefit from speaking to a family law attorney early on for guidance. An attorney can address all the concerns and wishes of a client and assist him or her in making informed decisions regarding the future during legal proceedings.

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