What Children Want From Their Parents During Divorce
The emotional turmoil of a divorce or separation isn’t just exclusive to the spouses going through it—children can also suffer significant trauma as a result of a divorce. It’s important to make sure you consider their needs and pay close attention to them as you navigate through and beyond the divorce process.
During your divorce, your children’s needs include the following:
- Attention: Your children need both parents to continue staying involved and giving them attention. Regardless of living situations, both parents need to continue talking to their children and being proactive about maintaining the relationships.
- Peace: Fights are going to happen in the divorce process, even in relatively amicable cases. It’s crucial you keep these fights away from the children, and present a united front in front of them. Fighting in front of them stresses them out and could lead to them thinking they were at fault.
- Kindness: When talking about the other parent in front of your children, it’s important you only do so with kindness. At the very least, avoid negativity and badmouthing. It’s crucial that children maintain strong, positive relationships with both parents.
- Communication: Children not only need strong communication with both parents, but they need their parents to communicate with each other. If you have children, ongoing communication is going to be crucial so you can stay on top of the logistics of raising children and so you can continue to co-parent and navigate any issues that arise.
For more information about how you can meet your children’s needs even while going through a divorce, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation.