Navigating the waters of divorce/separation are tough, so we’ve compiled a list of tips for parents to help you through it. If you are a parent considering divorce/separation, or if you are already involved in the process, you are probably wondering about the negative side effects it would have on your child/children. Separation or divorce is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when there are children involved. Divorce/separation often generates conflict between the parents, leaving the children ‘caught’ in the middle of the two people they love most. Many parents wonder if their divorce/separation will negatively affect their children.
The emotional trauma a child/children experience of feeling like they are in a tug of war, with them as the rope, is a huge weight to bear in itself – not to mention feeling burdened by their parents’ emotions and not being able to express their own leads to regression, shutting down or acting out. However, taking a few steps during this stressful time might make your child/children happier and your time spent in Court shorter. Like all aspects of divorce, (such as property, financial division and maintenance), child custody and visitation rights are decided either by an agreement between the parents (aided by the assistance of family lawyers) or by the Court.
Please see below for our ten tips for parents on how to protect your children’s’ best interests during a child custody dispute;
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