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How to help kids get through the struggles of divorce

When it comes to divorce, there are many issues that couples in Clinton Township, and anywhere else, will have to deal with and sort out. One of the toughest is deciding on child custody and visitation. When parents battle over the custody of their children, things can often become very contentious. However, it’s important for anyone in this situation to remember to look out for his or her children’s best interest.

There are many factors that play a role in how kids handle divorce. However, according to Dr. Phil McGraw, there are a few factors that can play a greater role in helping kids overcome the negative aspects of divorce and child custody battles. Dr. McGraw notes that it is vital for parents to accept their children for who they are because they will most likely have a very fragile self-concept, especially if they are young.

Another important factor is to assure one’s kids that they are safe and that they will continue to be safe. Parents should not make their kids feel guilty or that they are to blame for the divorce. It’s also imperative to give children structure as well as stability. Lastly, parents need to allow their kids to just be kids.

There are obviously several important factors in helping children of divorce get through the process. Each family situation will be different but it’s important for both parents to remember that kids need help and time to overcome the pains of divorce. If you are experiencing a divorce or child custody battle, then you might want to consider meeting with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Huffington Post, “What Children Need Most When Their Parents Divorce,” Dr. Phil McGraw, Oct. 6, 2014.

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