If you are a parent and have recently gone through a Florida separation or divorce, you are probably trying to adjust to your new way of life while helping your child or children do the same. Dealing with familial transitions can prove difficult, and many children struggle through the process. At the Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, we understand what goes into transitioning children into life in two separate homes, and we have considerable experience helping families navigate this and other complications surrounding divorce.
It is never easy for a child to watch his or her parents’ marriage come to an end, but Huffington Post notes that there are steps parents can take to help their children adjust to life in separate homes. For younger children, such as those under 10, it can help the transition to remind them a few days ahead of a switch to the other parent’s home. It may also benefit your child if you can muster up some enthusiasm about him or her spending time with the other parent, even if you have to fake it.
If your child is over 10, you may be able to make the transition to life in two homes easier by giving them at least some degree of control over the situation. For example, let them spend time with their friends, regardless of which parent they are staying with, and offer them some degree of flexibility with regard to their schedule to minimize stress. It is also important to help them strike a balance between spending time with both parents and spending time with their own friends.
Ultimately, one of the most important things you can do following a divorce, regardless of your child’s age, is to respect the other parent, and this means avoiding badmouthing the other parent in your child’s presence. More about child custody issues is available on our web page.