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Child custody during divorce can be a painful situation for child

The process of divorce in New Jersey is understandably painful for adults, but it can be just as painful for children. Even in the best of circumstances, children may experience frustration and anger. A couple of tips may help parents who are addressing child custody issues to make the transition as easy for their children as possible.

It is certainly beneficial for parents to try to communicate well with each other and treat one another with respect. The family transition that comes with divorce will only be more difficult if the parents treat each other with disrespect and hostility. If the parents are fighting about a child, the child may naturally think he or she has done something wrong.

It is also important for both parents to strive to stay involved in their children's lives. Staying involved in a child's life following divorce may include sending texts and emails, making phone calls and maintaining a persistent and positive presence in the child's life. The level of a parent's involvement is an indication to a child of how much the parent really loves him or her.

When New Jersey parents are dealing with matters such as child custody, it may help to engage in divorce mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. In this way, the parties may be able to come up with a parenting agreement that works best for the entire family. This may help to ease tension between the parents, which can be helpful for their co-parenting relationship long term.

Source: nj.com, "Kids have advice for parents who divorce", Peter Herbst, May 18, 2016

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