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Tips for helping children deal with divorce

New Jersey parents whose marriages are ending might be concerned about how they are going to help their children through the process. Parents should not hide the impending divorce from their children, and they should try to be together when they tell them. Children should be reassured that the divorce is not about them and will not affect their relationship with their parents. They should also be encouraged to communicate about their feelings and ask questions. If children do not initiate conversations about the divorce, parents should do so.

Relationships ending over political differences

New Jersey couples may be more likely to divorce over political differences than in past years according to a survey from Wakefield Research that assessed the effects of politics on both married and unmarried couples. According to the survey, 10 percent of people had broken up with a partner over political disagreements. Millennials had an even rate higher rate of ending their relationships over politics of 22 percent. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 22 percent also said they knew a couple whose relationship had suffered specifically because of the election of President Trump.

What to do if one parent has substance abuse problems

A New Jersey parent who is concerned about the other parent's substance abuse and who is going through a divorce should bring up the substance abuse at the custody hearing. The parent should also bring any documentation that can support the allegations. It is important to demonstrate that the substance abuse is harmful to the child in some way as well. A judge will be examining the fitness of both parents and making a decision that is in the child's best interests.

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