Caring for your child during a divorce

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 20, 2015.

In our previous blog post, we discussed how some children who are going through their parents divorcing might suffer from separation anxiety. That separation anxiety can be extremely serious and difficult to deal with. For some children, however, the anxiety they feel is more because of the circumstances surrounding the divorce than the thought of having to leave one parent to visit the other. In those cases, Florida parent might find some of these tips helpful.

One thing that divorcing parents have to remember is that the child didn’t cause the divorce. As such, the parents must take care not to make the child feel responsible for the split. Arguing in front of the child can sometimes make the child feel responsible, so parents should make an effort to act in a civil and respectful manner when they are together.

Another thing that parents have to remember is that both parents are role models for a child. Your child needs you and the other parent to help ensure that they have the emotional support necessary to encourage emotional growth. Children of divorce overwhelmingly display anger. Some might have difficulties in school.

When you think about the anger and lack of academic interest, it is easy to see that your divorce has a huge impact on your child. It is vital for parents who are divorcing to pay close attention to clues from their child that help them to learn how the child is handling the split. If the child is having difficulties, getting help for the child might help them to work through their feelings.

Source: Naples Herald, “Divorcing your spouseā€¦or your children?” Gary Levine, Feb. 17, 2015