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Every year; 2.5 million American couples get divorced, that’s a divorce every 13 seconds. For those men and women, it is often the most grueling, emotionally exhausting, and financially burdensome experiences they will ever have. For their children, it can be even worse.
Divorce is never easy on kids, but there are many ways parents can help lessen the impact of their break-up on their children. To help, our Columbia SC Divorce attorneys share a guide of 10 helpful tips for divorcing parents:
Because children know they’re “part mom” and part dad”, the criticism can batter the child’s self-esteem.
The less the children feel a part of the battle between their parents, the better.
Many children assume that they are to blame for their parents’ hostility.
Do everything within your power to accommodate the visitation.
Lavish them with love at each opportunity.
Let your peers, adult family members, and mental health professionals be your counselors and sounding board. Let your children be children.
An impairment inhibits your ability to reassure your children and give them the attention they need at this difficult time.
The loss of income facing many children after divorce puts them at a financial disadvantage that has pervasive effect on the rest of their lives.
It feeds into the child’s sense of abandonment and further erodes his or her stability.
Stability in their residence and school life helps buffer children from the trauma of their parents’ divorce.[i]
If you are a parent facing divorce or separation or are merely contemplating your options give us a call at 803.764.1105 or schedule a consultation. The Columbia SC divorce attorneys at Pozsik & Carpenter are here to help you protect your child’s best interests. We would be happy to talk with you to see how we can help.
[i] Original source material written by McCurley, Mike (1998). “Ten Tips for Divorcing Parents”. American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
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