Protecting Children During Divorce

Although divorce is obviously an issue that springs up between two people, more than just them will be affected by the proceedings. In particular, children shared by the spouses have to go through just as much hardship, if not more due to their younger age. Before you get too far ahead into the divorce process, take a moment to think about what you can do to protect your children and your relationship with them.

  1. Honest but not open: Many family care counselors agree that it is important for you to be completely honest with your children when you are divorcing, but you do not have to be an open book. Do not divulge unnecessary details, and do not share any feelings of animosity you may have developed towards your soon-to-be ex. Do encourage them to talk to either one of you at any time, though, even if it means having dozens of chats.
  2. Financial future: Your children rely on you and your spouse to provide them the care and comfort they need when maturing. Even if they are old enough to get a work permit, it is unreasonable to think that they can entirely care for themselves. To protect their health, both physical and psychological, you will need to consider child support payments, one way or another, that set up your children for a contented lifestyle.
  3. More than just visiting: Unless your spouse has a history of violence, drug abuse, or other immoral activity, your children should probably be permitted to spend time with them. Ideally, you will be able to set up a custody agreement that splits your parenting time evenly. Do not forget to consider how matters will be handled on holidays and birthdays. If you can work out an amicable agreement with your ex to be together and civil on those days, it will be to your child’s benefit.

In more than one sense of the word, your children are your future. Do not let a divorce between you and your spouse jeopardize their happiness and health. When the proper steps are taken, it can be possible for everyone, including your children, to come out of the divorce feeling satisfied and secure.

Do you have more questions about how to care for your children’s wellbeing during a divorce? Our Fort Worth divorce attorneys at Terry Terry Law, PLLC would be happy to help you figure out the right legal steps for you. Why not call 817.757.4188 today to request a consultation?