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Helping children adjust to divorce

When Georgia parents decide to get a divorce, they are often concerned about how their children will be affected. Whether it is amicable or acrimonious, parents understand that kids can be bewildered, frustrated and angry as a result of parents splitting up. Experts agree that parents play a major role in helping their children adjust to this significant change.

When parents decide that separation is the right thing to do, children should be informed of what is going to happen and future living arrangements, such as one parent leaving the household, should be explained.

When appropriate, children should also be told that they will be able to maintain relationships with both parents. If a visitation schedule or shared custody agreement is being developed, this should be explained to the children. Parents should also be prepared to honestly answer any questions the children may have about the divorce as well as how parenting time will be divided.

In the weeks and months after the kids are told of a divorce, it is very important for both parents to speak well of each other around them. Children should not be drawn into the complexities of an adult relationship, nor should they be expected to take sides. Parents who find themselves frustrated or upset should seek appropriate support from friends, mental health practitioners or clergy.

A parent who is facing the end of a marriage may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. Legal counsel can review the client's case and make recommendations regarding finances, child support, and child custody issues. Good legal advice may be able to help parents minimize their stress and maintain a healthier atmosphere for their children.

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