Going through a divorce is never easy. Going through a divorce with children is especially difficult. It is important to understand and realize that not only are you experiencing the dissolution of marriage, but so are the children. Parents need to be in tune with how the children are coping with the breakup of their parents. Children are especially vulnerable, as they may not have the emotional maturity to understand why their parents are getting divorced and how the new family dynamic will affect them.
If you notice that your child is having difficulties, it is important to seek outside help. Fortunately, there are resources available to parents to help children navigate the breakup of the family unit. Schools are a great starting place. Most schools have guidance counselors and psychologists who are experienced in working with children of divorcing of divorced parents. At a parent’s request, the guidance counselor and/or psychologist will meet with your child to help them cope with the difficulties they are facing. Other community resources are private therapists or your own church or synagogue.
Following these simple guidelines can make all the difference in limiting the impact of the divorce on your child. It is easy to get caught up in the emotional upheaval of a divorce, but it is important always to remember that your child is also going through the divorce.
Going through a divorce alone is not easy. Having an experienced attorney on your side will make your divorce process less stressful. Contact Owens & Perkins for a free ½ hour divorce consultation at (480) 630-2464.