The prospect of entering a whole different kind of life following parental divorce is understandably difficult for a child to absorb.
You and your spouse may be ending your marriage, but you will continue as parents and must help your child adjust to a new family dynamic.
Prepare for the reaction
Children have different reactions to the breakup of a family unit depending on their age. Toddlers may become more “clingy.” School-age children may fantasize about parental reconciliation. Teens may engage in some risky behavior and project resentment to hide their feelings over the divorce. You must repeatedly affirm and demonstrate your love for your child.
Maintain the rules
Children of all ages thrive on consistency, so strive for a daily routine that is as close as possible to what they are used to. Do not give in to the temptation of relaxing the rules as this could lead to confusion and insecurity for your child
Focus on cooperation
Regardless of your feelings over the divorce, you and the other parent must work together as you continue to raise your child. Communicating with one another and cooperating as co-parents will set a good example.
When alleviating the stress of divorce seems beyond your control, you can turn to the legal team at Travers & Travers for help. You can call us at (281) 492-2166 or click on https://www.katylawyer.com/ to send us an email. We are here for you as you navigate the divorce process and work to help your child adjust.