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Parents can ease their children's transition during divorce

Divorce and its aftermath are difficult for all involved, especially children. Parents in Kansas can help their children navigate the difficult transition that takes place after a divorce, which can include moving homes, changing routines and having to live without both parents together.

To help children adapt to their new normal after divorce, parents must remember that the children come first and that protecting their emotional well-being should be a priority. This means that they should try to keep intact as much of their children's routines as possible, including extracurricular activities or family traditions such as movie night. Keeping communication and actions civil in front of the children is another way to help the children.

Parents should speak positively about each other, focusing on their strengths as a parent and reminding children how much the other parent loves them. In the same way, parents need to remind children how much they themselves love them and make sure that the children know their parents are there to support them. Being supportive of each other and flexible with the parenting plan can also help.

There are things parents should avoid that also work toward helping children during this period of their lives. Parents should not depend on gifts to buy their children's love because this might confuse the children and then result in the children trying to play their parents against each other. Parents should also avoid making any comments that might be interpreted as the children being at fault for the divorce.

The process of divorce is difficult, but parents going through it might consult a lawyer with family law expertise to help them deal with the process. The lawyer may offer advice about the many decisions that a parent must make related to the divorce.

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