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How to ease the transition of divorce with children

With a flurry of emotions running through the minds of divorcing spouses in Missouri, it may be difficult to think soundly or rationally. These emotions may spill out during discussions or negotiations between a soon-to-be ex-spouse. During these emotional times, it is important to be mindful of the presence of children who may be affected by a heated discussion between their two parents.

Studies show it may take children up to two years to fully adapt to their new situation in life. With such changes in life potentially traumatizing those children involved, professionals suggest giving children a "heads up" at least a few weeks before their situation is going to change. This advance warning allows children to mentally prepare for the upcoming change in their living situation.

With this in mind, it is in everyone's best interest to maintain open communication with their children during every phase of the divorce process. After all, children are part of the family, and their opinions and suggestions should be taken under consideration.

And, this is important for both sides. Feeding children negatives about the other parent will only lead to confusion. Plus, spreading these negatives may be used against the spreading spouse during any child custody proceeding.

During child custody hearings, the primary concern of the courts are the child's well-being. The decisions that are made are always to protect the best interest of the child, above all else.

As a result, parents who also keep this in mind during the process of a divorce not only help themselves, but also most importantly, help protect their children. However, navigating these troubled waters can be much easier with the help of an experienced legal expert.

Source: APA.org, "Healthy divorce: How to make your split as smooth as possible," accessed on March 29, 2016

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