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How to keep children of divorce from taking sides

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2021 | Divorce |

Divorce can have a major emotional impact on children of all ages, but young children particularly find it difficult to handle. If they feel forced to take a side between Dad and Mom, this can make the process even more difficult for them. Fortunately, by following a couple of tips, parents in New York can make sure that their children never feel the need to take sides during the divorce.  

Avoiding arguing 

Even though conflict may have sparked divorce, it is critical that divorcing individuals refrain from arguing with each other in the presence of their children. Research indicates that children who constantly hear their divorced parents fighting are more at risk of developing depression and anxiety. Rather than arguing when the children are present, the parents should ideally discuss heated topics in their vehicle or at a park when their children are not with them. This will help to prevent the children from becoming biased toward any one of the parents. 

Being honest 

Yet another way to keep children from taking sides during divorce is to have an open talk about the divorce with the children. The parents can explain to the children that even though they are splitting up, they will both continue to love the children. The parents should also ideally encourage their children to be open with them if they begin to undergo emotional conflict. 

How an attorney can help 

Navigating divorce can no doubt be complicated emotionally, financially and legally. However, an attorney in New York can help a divorcing individual to make the process as smooth as possible by guiding him or her through an out-of-court process, like divorce mediation. Mediation tends to be less acrimonious and costly when compared with traditional divorce litigation. During mediation, the attorney’s chief goal will be to protect the rights and best interests of his or her client long term.