Navigating a divorce is one of the most challenging things a person can do. While the event is difficult for adults, for children, divorce can create long-lasting challenges and emotional turmoil.
No matter the degree of animosity involved in your divorce proceedings, it is critical to be the best parent possible during this challenging time. The needs and well-being of your children should be paramount.
Avoid Arguing Near Your Child
Because there are a number of complex issues involved, it is common for spouses to argue during the divorce process. If you do end up arguing with your former spouse, avoid doing so in the proximity of your children.
Many people find it helpful to reduce the amount of interaction that they have with their former spouse. It is also important to avoid arguing via written communication because this evidence can end up being used against you later on.
Avoid Buying Your Child’s Affection
Many parents who must share custody or who only have visitation rights want their children to make the most out of this new relationship. Sometimes this dynamic can turn into competing efforts by both parents to buy a child’s affection.
Children care much more about merely spending time with their parents, though. Rather than focus on lavishing gifts on a child, focus on providing support and stability in your child’s life.
Put Down Your Phone
Many people today are heavily dependent on their smartphones. In many cases, however, smartphones can create a barrier to successful communication and can distract from truly enjoying the company of others..
Frequently, parents discover that they are able to create better bonds with their children by setting aside periods of time to enjoy their company without the interference of cell phones, the internet, or social media.
Take This Time to Create New Family Stories
A divorce marks the beginning of a new period in your life. Avoid going to the same places and doing the same things that you did before the divorce. Now is your chance to begin doing new things with your children, which allows you the opportunity to create new and memorable traditions.
While life will never be the same, this does not mean that existence following a divorce needs to be miserable.
Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
The divorce process presents a number of unanticipated changes. While adults have an easier time adapting to change, for children it can be much harder to adapt to life after a divorce.
Fortunately, by applying the correct strategies, you can make this process much easier for your children. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C. today to schedule a free initial consultation.