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Raising children through a divorce

Rhode Island residents know that life can throw many curveballs at a family. One of these curveballs can be the issue of divorce. Divorce is difficult because it affects not only the spouses who are going through it, but the children as well. Multiple family law issues may present themselves as a result of a divorce.

Raising children is a difficult task, even when a marriage is healthy. When a couple is going through a divorce, raising children can bring a host of challenges. However, by developing a plan and strategy, the challenges do not have to be impossible.

For example, communications is the most important aspect parents should focus on when going through a divorce. They should make a time to tell the child about what is to come, preferably with one's spouse. If there is more than one child involved, it would be wise to speak to the children separately so that conversation can be age-appropriate.

It is also important for parents to maintain stability for the children involved in the divorce. This means that while child custody and child support arrangements are being sorted out, parents should still resolve to find a stable routine for the kids. Oftentimes, custody arrangements will be temporary while the spouses work out other details of the divorce.

No matter how contentious or emotional one's divorce may be, it is important to keep the kids separated from the drama and not bring them into the middle of the divorce. This will serve both parents as they move forward into a new phase of their lives. This can prevent emotional scarring and the need for extensive counseling long after the final divorce papers are signed.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Helping Your Children Get Through the Crisis of Divorce," Michael S. Broder, Ph.D., Oct. 2, 2013

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