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Keeping kids safe and loved after a divorce

Georgia residents don't expect that their marriages are going to fail. However, if a marriage does come to an end, it is important to consider the impact it will have on a child. Children may believe that they were the reason why a marriage fell apart. They may also feel as if their parents are not going to be in their lives anymore since mom and dad likely won't live together anymore.

Parents should explain to their kids that they were not the reason why the divorce happened. This should be done in a tasteful way that doesn't put the child in the middle of a conflict.

In the immediate aftermath of the divorce, it's a good idea to establish a routine and common rules for the child to follow. These rules should be established and enforced in both parental households. By setting clear boundaries, a child may have a greater sense of control over his or her life.

If a parent lives hundreds or thousands of miles away, it is important that they make time for the children. This can be done by watching a movie, game or some event at the same time. Sharing an activity can serve as a bonding experience when a parent and child can't be together.

Someone who is considering a divorce might want to hire a family law professional. This may also be effective for a parent who is already divorced but going through child custody issues. An attorney could help create a favorable parenting plan or enforce the terms of one that already exists. Ideally, parents will resolve their disputes without involving their children in any way.

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