Divorce brings on many changes for all members of a family. Of course, spouses will have many adjustments to make as well as things to negotiate. But some of the greatest challenges are endured by the children. Children need structure and stability and while a divorce may provide this in the long run, early in the process it can create confusion and uncertainty. Adapting to new living arrangements can be difficult for children as they love and depend on both of their parents.
So if you are a parent who is going through a divorce, what can you do to help make the transition easier for your children? Well, there are actually a number of very important things you can do. The first thing is to let your child know that the divorce is coming. But you want to take the child’s age into account when explaining the situation. It is best to keep things simple for younger children.
It is quite likely that the children will have many questions and you should be prepared to respond. For instance, children often want to know where and with whom they will live. They may also have concerns regarding where they will go to school, with whom they will spend the holidays and how much time they will get to spend with each parent.
These are legitimate concerns, and the more you can tell your children about their future, the sooner they can begin to mentally and emotionally prepare for the approaching changes. But you will have to have the answers yourself if you want to pass them on to your children.
An Indiana child custody attorney can help you create a parenting agreement that serves both your and your children’s best interests. The agreement will contain details that will affect your children’s lives and will provide answers to many of the important questions regarding your family’s future.