Reducing children's stress during divorce

Reducing Children’s Stress During Divorce

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Many California parents must face the end their marriages. Divorce is obviously a heavy source of stress for both former spouses as well as the children.  Most parents want to make the process easier on their children.  There are several strategies for reducing children’s stress during divorce and making the situation easier for them to handle.

Both during and following a divorce, the parents will need to be able to work together in order to effectively co-parent their children.  If it is possible, it is best to separate your issues with your former spouse from the parenting environment.  Former spouses should never badmouth one another either in front of their children or on social media, as doing so greatly increases the stress the children experience and perhaps the opportunity to co-parent.

Reducing children’s stress during divorce often comes down to a series of strategies and decisions.  Most divorces involve several transitions that may not be avoided.  If the parents are able to stagger those transitions rather than making their children go through them all at once, it may be easier for them to handle.  These examples include moving out of the family home, changing schools or meeting new girlfriends or boyfriends.  Parents should also care for themselves so that their stress levels decrease.

Going through a divorce is likely to cause heightened emotions and conflict.  Parents may want to work on reducing stress so that they and their children can more easily process the end of the marriage. The skilled Certified Specialists at Burke and Domercq work to support our clients and help them to achieve their parenting goals during a divorce.   It is often possible to work out negotiated agreements which settle any child custody and parenting time issues. Through an out-of-court negotiation process, an attorney might address child custody and child support, property division and alimony. This may help to reduce the costs that might otherwise be incurred during protracted litigation.