The process of dissolving a marriage in Pennsylvania is never easy, especially when children are involved. After all, the two parents getting divorced may be at odds about who should have custody of the children. Choosing to sort out their issues through divorce mediation, which is generally more amicable than going to trial, may be immensely helpful for both themselves and their children. However, a few other tips may help the parents to further protect their children from the negative impacts of divorce.
First, not talking in a negative manner about a future ex-spouse to the children is critical. Divorcing parents naturally are emotional about their breakup and may feel inclined to bash each other in front of the children. The problem with this is that the children feel caught in the middle, where they feel they have to take one side or the other. Thus, venting to an adult family member, friend or therapist is a better choice than venting to the children.
Second, the parents may be wise to prioritize their own emotional well-being. This may mean seeking support from a community of faith, a counselor, family members or friends. Parents who are taking care of themselves emotionally and mentally during their divorce proceedings are more likely to provide adequate emotional support to their children as well.
Navigating the divorce process in Pennsylvania can understandably be challenging. However, with an alternative to traditional litigation, such as divorce mediation, two parents may be able to quickly find common ground on how to handle child custody and other aspects of the divorce, such as who gets to keep the family home. An attorney can provide the necessary guidance to ensure that one’s rights and the best interests of one’s children are protected during each stage of this type of family law proceeding.
Source: citizen-times.com, “When parents separate: A survival guide for families“, Emily Eileen Carter, Jan. 29, 2018