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Family law: Addressing the needs of kids at the end of a marriage

| Sep 13, 2017 | Family Law |

The end of a marriage can be a stressful and challenging period for everyone involved. For couples who have children together, protecting them throughout this period is generally a top priority. Since child custody can be one of the tougher aspects of family law, parents in Washington and elsewhere might find it beneficial to seek guidance on steps to take to safeguard the well-being of their kids.

Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks for parents who are facing divorce is coming up with a way to tell the kids. While this aspect can be somewhat intimidating, children may suffer if left in the dark, and they may even resort to coming up with their own conclusions to explain why one of their parents is moving out. Parents may not need to go into detail, but explaining the situation to kids in a manner they can understand could even help open up lines of communication to address any issues they might be experiencing.

While communication could be key, kids may still need to know that they are not to blame and are loved by both parents. While speaking with kids about divorce, it is also advisable to avoid speaking ill of the other parent in their presence, which could be difficult during such a potentially emotional period. Limiting their involvement in the situation may also be imperative, as using kids as messengers could be harmful.

Many parents consider the needs of their kids to be of the utmost importance. When facing divorce, a parent may want to secure a child custody agreement that is in keeping with their best interests, and with numerous crucial factors to consider, seeking advice could be advisable. By speaking with a family law attorney, a client in Washington could obtain some much-needed guidance on how to pursue the most favorable outcome during divorce proceedings.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, “9 Strategies To Help Your Children Cope With Divorce“, Vikki Ziegler, Accessed on Sept. 10, 2017

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