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Helping a child overcome a divorce

Parents in Florida and throughout the country may wonder how the end of their marriage will impact their children. While they may experience a period of sadness or confusion, focusing on kids' needs makes it more likely that they will get past those negative feelings. Ideally, parents will provide a stable environment that puts an emphasis on routine. This can keep a child centered and maintain his or her confidence through a turbulent time.

Parents should strive to be there for their kids no matter how far away they are. For instance, parents and children could watch a sporting event or movie at the same time from wherever they happen to be. Afterward, they can talk or write to each other about it, which can serve as a bonding experience. By being there for a child, a parent shows his or her son or daughter that he or she is still important regardless of what happens.

No matter why a divorce takes place, a child should not feel as if he or she was the reason it happened. Children may take the divorce personally or feel as if they caused it by being bad. When explaining why the divorce happened, it is a good idea for parents to do so in a manner tailored to the child's age and maturity level.

Generally speaking, parents have a legal obligation to provide for their children after a divorce. This may mean paying child support or providing them with a place to live until they reach adulthood. The law typically allows both parents to play a role in a child's life regardless of how they feel about each other. An attorney may be helpful in negotiating a parenting plan that ensures that the children's best interests are met at all times.

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