Divorce can be scary, and it can be even more so when there are children involved. During a divorce, it is important to take steps to ensure that you will be able to meet the needs of your child(ren) after the divorce. A family law professional can help you through the divorce process, and all of the major and minor decisions that need to be made. While many people may only think about major decisions such as living arrangements and finances, it is just as important to think about what your child(ren) may need following your divorce. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about life after divorce with children:
Keep them in their hometown, if possible. With all of the changes happening during a divorce, it is best to give your child(ren) consistency. If they are able to attend the same school, maintain the same group of friends, continue to frequent some of their favorite places, this can bring a sense of normalcy to their lives. This will help provide them support, even well after the divorce process is completed. Consult a family law attorney with any legal concerns as you are working to maintain a sense of consistency for your child(ren).
Schedule regular family time. After a divorce something that children miss the most is being able to do things as a family. Sharing family time after a divorce can be helpful for your child(ren) and easing them into a new reality. It is important to be clear and ensure that you are leading your child(ren) on that you may somehow get back together. During these interactions, it is also important to remember that your child(ren) is/are watching you, so always be respectful towards your ex. You don’t want them to feel that they have to pick a side.
Talk to them about it regularly. It is important to regularly check in with your child(ren). Don’t let the time you first announce your divorce be the last time you talk to your child(ren) about the divorce as a family. Ask them how they are feeling and help them put their feelings into words.
Have a therapist available. Sometimes talking to your child(ren) may not be enough. You may have to accept some help, and could mean providing some counseling. When you first start the divorce process, it is important to have a thaprist on call, and ensure that they are there throughout the process, and even after.
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While you are adjusting to a new normal after divorce, you want to make sure you are always doing what is best for your child(ren). Sometimes during this process you may have some legal questions. at Parra Harris Law, our team of family law professionals in Jacksonville, FL are there to help you.
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