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Easing the stress and complication of divorce for children

When Kentucky couples file for divorce, it is likely that they have already dealt with month or years of stress, fighting and difficulty. It is normal for this stress to spill over into the divorce process itself, resulting in protracted litigation. This complication is not only experienced by the parents but also by the children, who will be greatly impacted by the end of the marriage. 

Fortunately, there are ways that parents can protect the well-being of their kids, even if they have significant interpersonal problems. Parents who agree to protect their kids during and after a divorce, even over their own needs or wants, will be more likely to maintain an attitude of civility and cooperation. In turn, discussions will be smoother, and the final child custody order will be sustainable and beneficial long into the future.

Counseling can be a great benefit to children who are facing significant upheaval and transitions. Additionally, parents must make an effort to keep their conflicts and disputes away from the kids. Discussions about money, visitation and custody can have an emotional impact on the kids, but an intentional effort by the parents can protect the psychological needs of the most vulnerable members of the family.

A Kentucky parent should choose to work with a lawyer who is experienced in complex child custody matters. As long as parents are intentional and thoughtful in their approach to divorce, children will adjust. If a parent is unsure of how to reach a reasonable child custody order without court interference or litigation or has concerns about protecting his or her parental rights, it is wise to seek a complete case evaluation. 

Source: apa.org, "Healthy divorce: How to make your split as smooth as possible", Accessed on Feb. 15, 2016

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