The Emotional Side of Divorce; thoughts from a Greensboro Divorce Lawyer
Family relationships can and do continue after a divorce. Divorced parents can be effective parents even if they are no longer in a relationship. The manner in which parents resolve conflicts affect the way in which children adjust to divorce. When parents compromise and resolve conflicts respectfully, children exhibit less fear, distress, and other negative emotional symptoms. Contact a Greensboro Divorce Lawyer for more tips on how to keep from emotionally scarring your children. While there are many psychological studies and articles aim at helping children of divorce better cope, there are a few core ideas that apply to parents:
Be respectful to your spouse during the divorce and custody process: Verbal attacks and violence between parents has been associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children.
Relieve your children’s abandonment issues: Children and adolescents are emotionally dependent on parents and divorce can shake their trust in this dependent relationship. Reassure them that you both love them and that they will always have two parents regardless of the divorce.
Insulate your children from the divorce process: Avoid confiding too many details about the divorce process with your children either as a messenger or as a sounding board. Relieve their sense of guilt by not using them as leverage or bargaining chips in the custody process.
If your or a loved one needs a Greensboro Divorce Lawyer, contact Meghan O’Keeffe at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth, & Olson.