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The divorce takes its toll on everyone, but children are the most vulnerable to the attendant stress and confusion. While you have made the difficult decision that you need a divorce, your children have no say in the matter and have no way to frame the changes they’re experiencing. If you’re moving forward toward divorce, taking the time to carefully address your children’s needs and concerns can help abate the confusion they experience and can help set the course for a smoother transition. 

Working closely with a skilled and compassionate Aurora divorce attorney can help you make the right decisions for you and your children moving forward – while protecting your financial and parental rights.

Children and Change

A recent article in Psychology Today explores the role that major change, such as divorce, has on children, and the upshot is that it can be overwhelming. Consider the following key issues:

  • Even positive change can be stressful and challenging.
  • Children generally lack the developmental capacity to address the change they experience.
  • A change in divorce’s magnitude can lead to inappropriate acting out in children.
  • Empathy, open communication, and guidance can provide your children with the security they need to cope with the change wrought by divorce.

While the change in our lives is inevitable, divorce can come as a crushing blow – especially to the children involved – which makes addressing the matter head-on key. 

Helping Your Children

The Cleveland Clinic shares some important steps you can take to help your children cope with divorce-related confusion and help them transition into what will become their new normal, including:

  • Make time for your children and stay involved in their lives
  • Support your children’s ongoing relationship with their other parent
  • Pour yourself into effective co-parenting
  • Communicate clearly, honestly, and in an age-appropriate manner with your children about divorce-related changes in their lives
  • To the degree possible, maintain your children’s day-to-day routines
  • Express your negative thoughts about your divorcing spouse only when appropriate, such as with trusted friends, a therapist, or your dedicated divorce attorney 
  • Don’t put your kids in the position of needing to choose sides
  • Help your children express their feelings openly and assure them that everything is going to work out

An important point to make here is that staying together for the sake of your children is unlikely to provide them with the sure footing they crave. In order to be there for your children, you have to be there for yourself, and if you need a divorce, it’s important to continue moving forward with purpose – while prioritizing your children’s ongoing happiness and well-being.  

Discuss Your Concerns with an Experienced Aurora Divorce Attorney Today

Chris Little at CNL Law Firm, PLLC, in Aurora, Centennial, Cherry Hills, Greenwood, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Littleton, and Lone Tree is a focused divorce attorney who has the legal insight and skill to help you and your children through this challenging transition. We skillfully advocate for divorce terms that protect your rights. Learn more by contacting us online or calling us at (720) 370-2171 today.

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