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Children and Divorce: New Life as a Single Parent

Aug 22, 2007
Divorce is tough for anyone who has to go through it, and there is no exception for the child. Recognizing relationships between the other parent and the child is needed when it comes to dealing with a child and divorce. First, parents should recognize that their decisions during and after the divorce could affect their child mentally and emotionally. Secondly, special attention is needed towards the child and his or her life with divorced parents.

Parents, children and divorce:

Decisions must be laid out on the table and discussed thoroughly between parents. Because cases involving children and divorce do not only involve two people, certain rules must be applied to avoid confusion, misunderstanding and conflict between parents and the child.

When child custody is involved, the U.S. standard focuses on the best interests of the child. Both parents may agree to share their children through visitation rights, but this is not always the case. If either one of you is filing custody or already has custody over your child, know that the main intension is to give your child the best environment to grow in and develop healthy relationships. Children are easily confused when it comes to legal matters, so whenever decisions are made, it is best to stick to them accordingly.

Dealing with your child and divorce:

As with any sudden change in life, children could have a difficult time dealing with the transitional phase of having to see their own parents split up. For those who are concerned over their child and divorce, here are some ways to ease the difficulty:

- Be firm with your decision. Clarify that divorce is a mutual decision made between you and your spouse.
- Be honest. Explain, in simple words, the reasons for the split-up, what will happen next, and so on.
- Tell your child the divorce is not his or her fault.
- Assure your child that he or she will have continuous love and support.
- Spend time with your child any way you can.
- Try to have a normal life. Although you love your child, don't be too consumed spending almost all your time with him or her. Instead, find time for yourself. Your child needs to grow and spend time with his or her own friends too.
- Love your child and set limitations like you did before without trying to act differently.
- Don't place your child in the middle. Remember, the divorce was decided between you and the other parent. Using a child for revenge or to make the other parent look bad can cause long-term or permanent damage to the child.
- Let your child know that disagreements can come to a compromise, and that patience is something everyone can work on together.

Remember that your child is the main concern no matter what problems may arise between you and the other parent. Take your child's concerns into consideration and cooperate with the other parent when it comes to caring for the child.
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Are you wondering on how to get a divorce and how to help your kids deal with it? Ivanovich C endorses Isha R. Get more advice from Isha Rowd's website for divorce information at http://www.how-to-get-a-divorce.info
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