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How do I protect my kids while going through divorce?

When a marriage goes south and the possibility of a divorce becomes more likely, one of the most pressing concerns for divorcing parents is that their children's lives will be negatively affected. While human nature tends to embrace comfort, there are times when a change is necessary and is, ultimately, for the better for all parties involved. After all, children living in an unhealthy, unhappy and potentially toxic relationship with two sparring parents is not in their best interests.

While going through a divorce and immediately following a divorce, there are several things that should be kept in mind to minimize the impact a divorce has on children. It is important not to treat your children as the intermediary between parents. This can only increase stress on a child, who has enough of their own stress to worry about. Maintaining communication should still be done between spouses, and with current technologies can be done easily via phone calls, texts or email.

Regarding communication, your child should not become your shrink. Although there obviously is a tight bond between you and your child, and your child and his or her other parent, it is unfair and not healthy for a child to have to act as a "middle-man" or to be obligated to try to resolve differences between you and an ex-spouse.

We all know that divorces can be stressful, but maintaining a level of professionalism between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse is important. If this is not possible, getting more information on issues such as child custody or child support might be the best way to approach divorce problems.

Source: WebMD, "The Top 5 Mistakes Divorced Parents Make," Lauren Paige Kennedy, Accessed May 15, 2017

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