There are many contexts in a divorce in which catching potential problems and issues early can be important for a person and their family.
One is in child custody matters. The sooner potential sticking points and areas of dispute when it comes to such matters are identified, the sooner efforts can be taken to address them. This may be able to help with reducing the amount of time it takes to reach a resolution on child custody issues and the amount of contentiousness that arises in relation to such issues. How long and contentious child custody proceedings in a divorce get can have major ramifications for a family.
Making solid preparations for child custody matters and being aware of what the specifics of their family and divorce situation could mean for what issues are likely to be big ones when it comes to custody matters related to their children are among the things that could help a divorcing parent with catching potential child custody problems early. Divorcing parents can seek out assistance with this from experienced divorce lawyers.
Another type of issue it can be key for a divorcing parent to catch early are potential problems and troubles their kids are experiencing in relation to the divorce. A parent promptly and appropriately addressing such issues when they arise could help their child with adjusting to the divorce and the sometimes challenging changes divorce triggers in a family.
So, it can be critical for a divorcing parent to keep a careful watch over whether their child is having troubles coping with the divorce. One thing it can be critical for parents to keep in mind which doing this is that kids can vary greatly in how they react to a divorce and what they find most challenging in the wake of their parents divorcing.
Also, there are various steps divorcing parents can take to try to get out in front of difficulties their kids might experience in relation to the divorce. Some examples include carefully preparing in advance:
- How to tell the kids about the divorce.
- What household rules they will have for the kids following the divorce.
- How they will create an environment in which their kids won't feel like they have to "pick sides."
Source: HealthDay, "Helping Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce," Joan McClusky, June 14, 2017