Divorcing parents in Pennsylvania have to take your child into consideration. First, you must figure out the legal matters. This includes child custody, visitation rights and schedules, and child support. Then, you need to make sure that the adjustment period is not too harsh on your child. 
 
Unfortunately, divorce will likely hurt your child no matter how hard you try to protect them. Though you cannot prevent your divorce from hurting them, you can help them through it. Be kind and patient. Children are quick to feel guilt, anger and self-blame over a parent’s split. You can help limit that by telling them frequently that you love them and they are not at fault. 
 
Watch their behavior with others as well. When traumatized or distressed due to divorce, many children will start to lash out. If you do not catch and correct this behavior early, it can lead to behavioral problems. Your child may have trouble developing healthy relationships later in life. 
 
Finally, be sure to take any signs of mental illness at face value. There is no age limit on anxiety, depression or even post traumatic stress disorder. Anyone at any age can suffer from these. Your child may exhibit symptoms like restlessness, irritability, or a lack of motivation. If this happens, consider taking them to see a mental health specialist. 
 
Are you curious about family law matters, including divorce? If so, consider taking a look at our web page on the same topic. By understanding more about family law, you can also learn more about how it affects kids of divorce.