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Pediatricians might help parents dealing with child custody

When New Jersey parents are going through a divorce, this can mark a stressful time for them and their children. Divorce has an emotional impact that is particularly felt during the holidays, especially if the parents are struggling to see eye to eye on matters related to child custody. New research, however, shows that pediatricians may be able to play an instrumental role in helping children to adjust to the changes brought on by divorce.

Researchers concluded that pediatricians might be able to help the parents to better understand what their children may be experiencing during divorce. This includes understanding the children's reactions to the parental split-up. For instance, perhaps a child's academic performance slips, or his or her friendships might suffer.

Researchers also emphasized how important it is for pediatricians to remain neutral in their relationships with both of the parents going through divorce. It is important that the decisions made and the conversations that take place between the parents and pediatrician always focus on what is in the best interests of the children. The pediatrician might be able to recommend age-appropriate ways in which parents can speak with their children about their divorce.

When the parties getting divorced have to deal with child custody issues, it may be helpful for them to work toward a mutually satisfactory parenting agreement through divorce negotiation or mediation. These are alternatives to divorce litigation that can be less stressful and costly than going to trial in New Jersey. These options also offer the benefit of allowing the two co-parents to work together as amicably as possible, alongside respective legal counsel, which may benefit the entire family in the long term.

Source: consumeraffairs.com, "How pediatricians can help when parents divorce", Sarah D. Young, Nov. 28, 2016

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