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Protecting children during divorce

When couples decide to end a marriage, things can get messy in a hurry. Just hearing the word divorce can be cringeworthy and may bring about a myriad of emotions for couples in Arizona and across the country. Any divorce is traumatic enough, but when children are caught in the middle of a split, the experience can be life-altering and extremely stressful for both parents and children. Fortunately, there are certain steps that parents can take that may help children through this difficult time.

First and foremost, parents should let children know that they are loved and will not be abandoned. Providing a sense of security will not only allow children to grow through a divorce, but in all stages of life. It is also important for children to know that it is OK to enjoy time with both parents. Children should know that spending some time with one parent will not be held against them.

Parents should also be very careful to not make children choose between parents. Children may view this as basically asking them who they would rather spend time with. This can add unnecessary anxiety to an already stressful situation. Though it may be difficult for spouses who are splitting, one parent should never show animosity toward the other parent in front of their children. Parents need to work together and display unity to their kids during this time.

Although divorce can be stressful for children, it does not have to be a negative experience. Help is available for parents who may need guidance or have questions regarding divorce. An experienced family law attorney can help Arizona residents navigate through this extremely challenging and uncertain time.

Source:, "3 ways parents can protect their children during a divorce", Jacqueline Newman, Aug. 18, 2017

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