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Child custody: Safeguarding the well-being of kids during divorce

When parents in Georgia and elsewhere make the decision to end a marriage, many may have concerns about how the process might affect their kids. A parent may seek to safeguard the future well-being of his or her children by pursuing a child custody agreement that is in keeping with their best interests. However, it might also be advisable to consider the current needs of one's children, and find ways to address any issues they may be experiencing.

Divorce can be a difficult process for kids to understand, but having no clue as to what is happening to their lives could be hard on them. Although going into detail could be unnecessary, a parent might find it helpful to speak to his or her kids about divorce, and explain it in a manner they can understand. This may also help a child feel less intimidated about talking to parents about any further issues associated with the situation.

Kids may also experience feelings of guilt during this period, and ensuring they understand they are not to blame is advisable. The end of a marriage can be challenging enough on its own, and a parent may find it better overall to shield the kids from unnecessary negativity, such as arguments or derogatory remarks about the other parent. Although they may benefit from a general understanding of the situation, it may also be in a parent's best interests to limit their involvement in the process.

Divorce will inevitably bring about change in the lives of everyone involved. Along with protecting the kids from suffering during divorce, a parent may also wish to look to the future and pursue a child custody agreement that will cover their needs, but the process can be stressful and daunting. When facing a similar situation, a parent could speak with a family law attorney in Georgia for guidance in every aspect of divorce, as well as assistance in navigating the process.

Source: mynbc5.com, "First with Kids: Helping a child cope with divorce", Dr. Lewis First, Oct. 9, 2017

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