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Resolving the parent's dilemma in child custody and divorce

From the day when both spouses decide to divorce, up to the day when the divorce is final, ending a marriage involving children is emotionally and mentally challenging for the family. However, the divorce is such a crucial time for parents and their children, especially on child custody issues like parenting time, visitation rights and schedules. Divorcing parents in St. Charles, Missouri, likely have the same dilemma when it comes to their children.

The end of marriage is always a struggle, particularly for parents who want to keep their child out of the divorce for as long as they can. Considering that divorce affects the child, they should also be aware of the situation. To do that, parents should tell the children about the divorce in a manner they can easily understand. Anger and disbelief are expected under such circumstances, but parents should reassure the child that it is not his or her fault.

Additionally, it is important to keep the children out of the personal issues of both parents. A case where children are used as a pawn in a bitter custody battle may result in long-term consequences, not only for the parent, but also for the child. To prevent that, parents should speak in as civil a manner as possible in order to be effective co-parents. Amicable communication may allow both parents to discuss the parenting time and arrangements without the need to argue with each other. Communication is also a key to dealing with co-parenting.

In Missouri, co-parenting or joint custody may enable both parents to spend time with their children using their visitation schedules. It is one way to help a child cope with the divorce, and ease the trauma that they may be experiencing from the painful experience. While there may be occasional conflicts along the way, like if both parents have different co-parenting approaches, it is important to remember that amicable co-parenting may benefit the child later, as well as being more pleasant for the parents.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Helping your children get through the crisis of divorce," Michael S. Broder, Ph.D., Oct. 2, 2013

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