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5 tips for minimizing the impact of divorce on kids

As you move through the divorce process, it's only natural to have concerns about how this will impact your life.

For example, you may worry about how this will change your financial situation. You may also have concerns about where you will live.

Along with all of this, a divorce can be even more challenging if you have one or more child with the other individual.

In this case, it's imperative that you know the steps you can take to protect your children.

Here are some of the most important things you can do:

1. Opt against litigation (unless you have no other option). For example, divorce mediation can lead to a faster dissolution, and mediation can help minimize your children's stress and uncertainty. The same will hold true for you and your former spouse.

2. Keep your children out of the drama of divorce. As you know, there will be quite a bit of drama as the process unfolds. There is no reason to drag your children into this, as it will only make things worse.

3. Take care of your mental and physical health. Remember this: You cannot care for your children if you don't care for yourself. For this reason, you need to do whatever it takes to remain in tip-top condition.

4. Answer your kids' questions. Depending on the age of your children, it goes without saying that you may receive a few questions throughout the process. Don't hide from these inquiries. Instead, do your best to provide your child with complete answers in a timely manner.

5. Let them know it's not their fault. It sounds clich√©, but many children believe that they are responsible for the divorce. You must make it clear early on (and along the way) that this is not the case.

These are just a few of the many things you can do to protect your children during the divorce process.

If you find yourself in this position, you should also consult with a family law attorney. An experienced family lawyer can explain the process, answer your questions, and help you push forward in an effective and productive manner, and you will feel much better about your ability to protect your children and make decisions that will work in your favor.

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