Effect of Divorce on Children

Working to Ease the Impact of Divorce

Divorce is not easy on anybody, least of all children who may become caught in the middle. As a parent, all you want is what is best for your child. However, the emotions involved in the end of a marriage can sometimes cloud judgments and good intentions may end up causing harm. The effect of divorce on children may be minimal, or it may be great, but in the end proper preparation and letting your children know that both parents love them can be very helpful in limiting the emotional fallout.

At the Law Offices of Roberta Kohn, P.A., our legal team has handled numerous divorce cases. We understand how these cases impact families and children. That is why we provide compassionate and sympathetic representation to all of our clients. Contact our Florida family law attorney online or call 888-873-9909 to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.

Pay Attention to Any Warning Signs

No one child will react to a divorce the same. As a parent, you may become so wrapped up in resolving your issues and the emotions that you are feeling that it may be difficult to see the impact that it is having on your child. If your child is starting to have behavioral problems in school, changes in appetite or is otherwise acting differently, it is important to address these changes. It may be beneficial to get professional assistance from a child counselor or child psychologist, if needed. If your child needs more assistance than what a guidance counselor may offer you may need a professional. At the Law Offices of Roberta Kohn, PA, we will assist you through this emotional process.

Helping to Limit the Emotional Impact

There are potentially less stressful and less emotionally contentious options to traditional divorce litigation that may better equip children to handle their parent's divorce. Mediation or collaborative divorce allows parents to work together to craft their own divorce agreements. These alternative options often involve the use of family therapists and guidance specialists to help families deal with this change. Our Tampa divorce lawyer has extensive experience with these types of cases and can let you know if one of these options might be right for you.

Be Aware of Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is a serious problem in emotionally contentious break-ups. This occurs when one parent bad-mouths or otherwise disparages the other parent in front of the child, potentially coloring his or her opinion of the other parent. These types of cases can have a severe impact on any child custody, parental responsibility and time sharing determinations, even if it is committed unintentionally. The best thing you can do is provide your child with love and attention, and try to keep any negative feelings you may have toward your ex to yourself.

Call for an Initial Consultation With a Tampa Divorce Lawyer

There is no question that the end of a marriage is hard on children. However, there are steps you can take to limit its impact and help them heal. Contact our Hillsborough County collaborative divorce attorney online or call 888-873-9909 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation. Our office is conveniently located near the site of the Wiregrass Mall. It is easily accessible from Tampa and surrounding areas, including Pinellas, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee and Sarasota Counties via I-275, I-75 or the Veteran's Expressway.