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Helping a child cope with divorce and child custody issues

When a Georgia couple chooses to divorce, children are a prominent concern. Child custody, visitation and other issues will come to the forefront. Children can be negatively impacted by their parents divorcing, so taking steps to avoid this is key.

The children will have concerns that are important to them. Children might prefer one parent to the other, which can stem from a parent allowing certain behaviors or giving gifts. Still, the parent-child relationship is unique and need not be a source of dispute. Holidays and special events can be the foundation for disagreement. Although there are many ways to navigate this potential challenge, simply letting the child have the day with the other parent can keep the peace not just with the child but with the other parent too.

Children may not understand that they are not at fault for the divorce. Explaining the situation and giving reassurance that they are not the cause can be good for their self-esteem. Allowing the child to express frustration if he or she is upset with the other parent without fear of repercussions can strengthen the relationship. The main goal is to formulate effective solutions. Family-centric outings and events that were part of the child's life when the parents were together can still take place. If the parents are on reasonably cordial terms, adhering to what will benefit the child should take precedence over lingering animosity.

A significant difference in rules can harm the child and should be avoided, if possible. Cohesion in behavior and discipline is good for the child. These steps can help the child cope with the situation. Seeking legal advice to address child custody concerns that arise may also be useful in keeping the best interests of the child in mind during divorce.

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