While divorce can take an enormous toll on you, it can also upend life for your children as they know it. What in their mind once may have seemed like a stable family dynamic is suddenly pulverized, leaving them without the structure and routine to which they’ve become accustomed. Given how your children may view divorce, it’s understandable if your marriage dissolution has you worried about your children. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to minimize the impact of divorce on your kids.
Tips for protecting your children from the negative implications of divorce
There’s a lot that you can do to keep your children emotionally and psychologically safe during divorce. Here are just a few steps that you can take:
- Keep your children away from any conflict that you experience with your spouse.
- Avoid talking negatively about the other parent while in your children’s presence.
- Have an open dialogue with your children about the divorce and be willing to answer any questions that they have.
- Be transparent with your children about what will and won’t change once the divorce is finalized.
- Salvage as much of their routine as you can.
- Create new routines quickly to provide your children with as much stability as possible.
- Work with your spouse to develop a strong and amicable co-parenting relationship.
- Allow your children to express their emotions.
- Remind your children that both parents still love them and that they aren’t to blame for the divorce.
- Don’t use your children as messengers to communicate with the other parent.
Using the legal process to help
While you’ll have to do a lot of the hard work necessary to keep your children safe, the legal process can help. It can assist you in finding divorce methodologies that support your goals, and it can help you craft a custody arrangement that supports your children’s best interests. There are many processes available to families going through a divorce. Contact us to find out what might be best for you based on your needs.