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When getting divorced or filing for post-decree modifications, it is vital to keep the children out of the divorce action and legal proceedings. The more normal their life is, the better it will be for them and the easier it may be for them to navigate through the divorce of their parents. Divorce or changes to parenting time is traumatic for children. They don’t understand and frequently may feel that they are the cause of the divorce. Their emotional well being should remain paramount for the parents. It is important to just let them be kids and not burden them with adult pressures of the divorce.
Emotionally healthy parents do not expect that their children will take their side during a divorce or change in parenting time. While it may be natural for a child to gravitate to one parent over another, if there are siblings they may not all gravitate to the same parent. Letting the children maintain positive relationships with both parents – and their siblings – helps children find their way through the divorce. Making a child chose a side may have lifelong negative consequences to both parents. Seek counseling for children…
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