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A child-centered divorce protects your children

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2023 | Family Law

As Virginia parents consider getting a divorce, a major concern is often how their young children will be affected. While there is no way to prevent children from experiencing the effect, parents can take some steps to best protect the children’s emotional well-being.

The possible effects of divorce on children

Divorce takes a toll on the children just like it does on the adults. And just like adults, not all children experience it in the same way. Some of the ways children can be affected include:

  • Feeling anxious, confused and afraid
  • Acting out in anger
  • Becoming distant from their parents
  • Grieving their parents’ break up
  • Struggling in the future in their own relationships

Why a child-centered divorce works

Parents can decide to make sure that the end of their marriage does not unnecessarily harm their children by choosing a child-centered divorce. A child-centered divorce works because it provides the children with stability and a sense of safety, even as the parents dissolve their marriage and as the family transitions into a new normal. There are certain things parents can do, including:

  • Focusing on the parent-child bond
  • Working towards understanding and moving forward with life instead of getting revenge on your ex-spouse
  • Taking care of your mental and physical health as well as your children’s mental and physical health
  • Reducing conflict by choosing a more amicable path to divorce, such as a collaborative divorce or mediation

A child-centered divorce means making the often challenging decision to work positively with your spouse for the sake of the children. While it might be difficult to collaborate with your ex when your relationship has failed, it is worth it when your goal is to protect your children.