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Reducing divorce stress when kids are involved

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Divorce |

Ending a marriage in Florida is rarely an easy process, especially when children are involved. When parents decide to divorce, they will have to navigate important issues such as child custody and child support while also making sure everything they do is in the children’s best interests. If parents cannot agree on the big issues, the situation may end up in court. Obviously, a lengthy and expensive trial is not ideal for parents or children. Here are some steps parents can take to make the divorce process easier for everyone. 

Shield kids from court proceedings 

If the divorce goes to court, it is not a good idea to have children be present during the proceedings. It may be upsetting, and even traumatic, for the children to see their parents fighting or arguing in front of a judge, especially if there are allegations of abuse or adultery. Courts generally will not allow children to be present in court. It is also good practice to limit the amount of information shared with the kids. 

Never bad mouth 

Avoid bad-mouthing or complaining to the kids about the other parent, and never vent to the children about their mother or father. Alienating the other parent can have lifelong consequences for everyone. It can also be a factor in custody decisions made by the court.  

Put the children first 

Remember to always put the children and their well-being at the forefront of every decision. Consider the children’s needs not only in the short term but over the long term as well. Parents in Florida who are headed for divorce and need help could greatly benefit from speaking with a legal professional. A seasoned family law attorney can answer difficult questions and provide ongoing support and guidance.