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Providing critical support for your kids during divorce

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2024 | Divorce

When parents go through the process of ending their marriage, there is a lot at stake for every member of the family. While you, as an adult, will experience changes in your finances, where you live and much more, your children will go through just as many adjustments in other ways. It is easy to dismiss the severity of the impact of divorce on kids, but it is beneficial to focus on their needs even in the midst of your pain and stress.

Divorce is never easy, even when both parties resolve to be calm, amicable and cooperative. Kids may not always understand what is going on, and despite your best efforts to shield them from unintentional pain and stress, they may still have a difficult time during and after the divorce. There are specific things you can do that will provide support and concern for your kids during this difficult process.

Thriving during and after divorce

Despite the difficulty of divorce, it is still possible to create a strong post-divorce future for your kids where they can thrive. The things you do and the decisions you make during your divorce will lay the foundation for this. Some of the specific things you may find helpful to remember include:

  • Your children may display changes in behavior. That is normal, but it is also a sign that they could need additional support.
  • Your child may demonstrate an increased need for parental attention, such as through regression on bad habits and other signs.
  • Your child may demonstrate anxiety and other signs of mental health needs, and they may benefit from counseling or therapy.
  • Your child may not be as interested in spending as much time with family, and he or she may become withdrawn more than normal.

As the parent, you will want to recognize these signs as a result of the significant changes your child is experiencing. He or she may need additional support, and professional assistance can help your child express feelings and navigate the difficulties he or she is facing.

Your role as the parent

You play a critical role in your child’s adjustment and well-being during and after an Arkansas divorce. It may be helpful for you to seek professional guidance as you consider the steps you can take to provide your children with support during this time of change. You can also support them by providing stability and security through a reasonable child custody and visitation order.