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A parent's role during divorce

New Jersey parents who are going through a divorce should be aware of how to speak to their children about the separation process and what it means. A divorce can impact every member of the family, especially children. Therefore, it's important that any concerns the kids may have be properly addressed.

Many children feel that the separation of their parents is due to something they did or said. Parents should talk to their children and reassure them that they are not the ones to blame.

Children should also be encouraged to continue with their lives as much as they can. Parents can help them do this by making every effort to limit the effects of the divorce.

It may be necessary to work with an ex-spouse to create a co-parenting plan that ensures that family home life remains the same as much as possible. The home can be a place of constancy for the children during a process that is capable of changing so many other aspects of their lives.

In addition, parents should be extra vigilant in detecting any signs that their children are suffering from depression, anxiety, self-blame or sadness. This could entail making inquiries of their friends and teachers. Parents may want to consider seeking professional help, such as a licensed child therapist, if issues are becoming too difficult to handle.

A divorce attorney may advise a client about what legal avenues should be taken to obtain the desired settlement terms regarding child custody, child support and other divorce legal issues. Litigation could be used to protect a client's rights during disputes regarding parental relocation, parenting time and more.

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