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Divorce: How to help children cope

For Arizona parents who decide to end a marriage, the emotional well-being of the children is a top priority. Divorce can be an extremely emotional and challenging experience, especially for children caught in the middle. This situation can be difficult for children to understand, and they may place blame on themselves.

When going through the legal proceedings of divorce, it is crucial to keep children out of it and keep life for them as normal as possible. It is also important to let the children keep positive relationships with both parents. It is not uncommon for parents to make their children choose sides during a split, and this can have lifelong negative ramifications.

During this emotional time, it is absolutely imperative that parents do not make mean or hurtful comments to the children about the other parent. This will only alienate the children as they grow older. Also, allegations made in court during divorce proceedings can be emotionally damaging if children hear or read about these things. Parents need to make sure that all paperwork during the process is secure and away from the prying eyes of children.

A divorce can arguably have a more profound effect on children than parents, but it does not have to be a negative experience. The most important piece of advice for parents may be the easiest: let the kids be themselves. Both parents need to work together to provide a healthy and positive environment for their children during this delicate time. Those in Arizona who have questions about divorce could benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney.

Source:, "Jaburg Wilk talks about kids and divorce", March 22, 2018

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