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Divorce and co-parenting

The end of a marriage can have adverse effects on all involved, especially the children. Studies have shown that a family's transition can have a negative bearing on children both academically and behaviorally. In California, experts agree that the difficulties of divorce are most experienced by children. Taking steps to prepare them can be a win-win for all family members.

Being able to identify struggles that a child may be having is important according to professional counselors. Small children are especially vulnerable and may show increased anxiety or frequent illness during separation from Mom and Dad. Older children tend to test the levels of independence and may lose interest in activities or sports. Divorce can bring on a multitude of changes in children. Increased aggression and conflict, low grades and substance abuse are just some of the struggles a child may face.

Knowing what options are available before a child begins showing signs of distress is key. Experts suggest open lines of communication and working through difficult issues as a family. Two people in the throes of divorce may have different perceptions regarding child rearing, but maintaining consistency and a sense of normalcy will help provide the much-needed support. Respectful co-parenting and investing patience will allow children to grow and thrive successfully.

In California, parents are concerned with doing what is best for their children during a marital split. According to experts, children have a good chance at being emotionally healthy when parents bridge the gap during divorce. It may be advisable to speak with an attorney who specializes in co-parenting issues and who will take into consideration the best interests of all involved.

Source: TODAY.com, "Five Ways to Successfully Co-Parent After a Divorce", Colleen Oday, Oct. 13, 2017

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