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Child custody can add stress to divorce

Children are affected by the dissolution of a marriage just as much as their parents are. In fact, over a million children in the United States are impacted by divorce every year. A couple of tips may help parents who are going through a marital split-up in New Jersey to help their children through such a difficult transition, particularly when a child custody battle is involved.

During divorce, parents naturally go through a tough time, and children easily perceive this no matter what age they are. Children might express their stress in various ways at various ages. In every situation, the whole family can benefit from parents being as honest and open as possible, even in the most challenging of situations.

Although maintaining clear communication with children is important during a marital split-up, keeping the conversations age appropriate is essential. For instance, school-aged children may ask when one parent will be coming back. It can also be helpful for families to speak about divorce in an open manner with the children's pediatrician. Pediatricians can ask the children questions about any changes they may be experiencing to assist them with navigating challenging times.

Child custody issues in New Jersey can make any divorce proceeding even more complicated and emotionally challenging. However, if the parents who are getting divorced can create a parenting plan together that reflects both of their wishes, this may help to reduce stress levels for the entire family. The most important consideration when putting together such a plan is what is in the best interest of the child long term.

Source: good4utah.com, "Talking your Children Through Divorce", Surae Chinn, Feb. 28, 2017

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