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Shielding your children in a contentious divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2018 | Alimony/Spousal Support |

Any divorce is difficult for children to cope with. High-conflict divorces in particular can have particularly harsh emotional and psychological implications for children.

If you and your spouse are going through a contentious divorce, your primary concern is probably the wellbeing of your children. It is up to you to ensure that your kids are not caught in the middle. In this post, we will examine a few key ways to shield your children from the fallout of a combative split.

Put the children before conflict

Prioritize the stability of your children over getting the upper hand in your divorce. Many children find themselves caught in the center of their parents’ arguments. Taking the high road for your children may not seem easy, particularly if your spouse insists on remaining argumentative. But you owe it to your children to prioritize them above conflict.

Have an honest discussion about divorce

Sit down with your children and have a frank yet age-appropriate discussion about separation. Answer their questions and address any concerns that they have. Let them know that your family may look different, but it is still filled with love.

Take care of yourself

Many parents put their children ahead of everything and everyone else, including themselves. However, you deserve to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health. This will help ensure that you have the strength to parent your children during this difficult time.

Learn your legal options

You are not alone in your divorce. You have the option to seek out a legal ally and learn the legal options available to you and your kids. When you know the legal choices available in your divorce, you can make the choice that is best for the children.