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Georgia child custody: Children are people, not pawns

Not all divorces are created equal. A divorce proceeding is unique to the two parties, particularly when children are involved. The parents' roles in their children's lives is a central focus in resolving these issues. In some cases, it does not work for both parents to be heavily involved in child custody, thus resulting in primary custody being awarded to one party, while the other typically receives visitation rights. However, whenever possible and with growing frequency in Georgia, co-parenting or shared custody may be awarded.

Research shows that children used as pawns in high-conflict, or even low-conflict, divorces tend to react poorly. They may act out in school, withdraw into themselves or suffer another way either emotionally or psychologically. While there is evidence that shows that children of divorce may not do as well academically or relationally, that does not have to be the case.

One study has shown that children whose parents work together through the child custody arrangement and move beyond the emotions and tensions that divorce may present are able to more easily move past the divorce. These children are able to readjust to social situations and have more self-confidence because they are under less stress within themselves. Although it may seem like one's children are handling divorce just fine, being intentional to show them love and encouragement during this time can be especially crucial.

Divorce can bring a great deal of stress and conflict as two parties work to separate all that once was shared. This process becomes even more challenging when children are involved. Family law professionals in Georgia have experience handling various child custody arrangements and can assist with creating the best option for a given situation. Seeking this guidance and working together with the other parent can make an immense impact on the divorce process and the lives of the children, both now and in the future.

Source: freepressonline.com, "Kids & Families First: The "Pawns" of Divorce, Part 1", Judith Hatch Orme, Aug. 11, 2016

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