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How does my divorce impact my child?

On Behalf of Palacios Law Group

Divorce presents many challenges, varying from family to family. The strain on your relationship with your ex could lead to excessive stress or conflicts. Unfortunately, these effects may extend to your children.

In truth, children might suffer the most when parents decide to separate and dissolve their marriage. These situations could also increase the risks for older kids to try dangerous activities and substances to cope with the circumstances.

Without the proper support, your divorce can have traumatic effects on your children. They might experience the following because of the divorce:

  • Severe grief and sadness
  • Self-blame
  • Feeling ashamed about the divorce
  • Anger and aggressive behavior
  • Anxiety and depression

Disputes between you and your ex could cause further damage to your children’s welfare. They might suffer in an unstable environment if you and your ex clash.

Preserve your children’s well-being

Divorcing couples can unknowingly turn their families into a competition of what is right or wrong. These circumstances might endanger the child’s sense of stability, making adjusting to their new family situation difficult.

Fortunately, you can prevent this by minimizing the family litigation’s impact on your child. You could support them by maintaining a healthy relationship with your ex despite ending the marriage.

Acting and behaving respectfully when interacting with each other could preserve your child’s mental image of your family. Being cooperative could help them adjust as they process how your divorce could alter their lives.

You could also strengthen your relationship with your children by staying involved in their lives regardless of who will be the custodial parent. Your divorce marks the end of your marriage but not your role in your child’s life.

You could also ask for support from friends, family and even professionals. Getting help can make you a more capable parent to your children.

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