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Ways to reduce stress for children during divorce

by | Sep 1, 2016 | Divorce |

Many people in New Jersey understand that hurt feelings and outright anger often accompany divorce. When families are involved, the parents should try to limit the amount of stress placed upon their children. The transition to a new family life will be difficult, but divorced parents can choose to reduce conflict, care for themselves and prevent unnecessary disruptions to the daily lives of their kids.

Despite the likely presence of hostile feelings, divorced parents should be mindful of angry displays around their children. To reduce the emotional intensity, people can attempt to forgive each other at least a little. Although difficult to achieve, the effort could help maintain civil interactions among exes. Self-care also plays a role reducing stress for children. People should acknowledge their personal stress and make efforts to maintain their mental and physical health. By staying focused on the needs of the children, parents can switch their mental energy away from personal stress.

Priority should also be given to the existing routines for the children. Although moving to a new town might be necessary in some situations, parents should try to avoid switching schools if possible. Other changes like new partners for the parents and reductions in income should be introduced as gently as possible because these transitions could be traumatic for children.

When parents divorce, they will need to establish a child custody schedule and parenting plan. A person who wants a better understanding of parental and property rights could ask an attorney for advice. If the divorce is contentious, an attorney might manage the divorce negotiations. Disputes about money, parental relocation or visitation plans could be addressed with the help of an attorney.

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