Communicating With Your Children
During any divorce process that involves children, open and honest communication by both parents can help alleviate any fears or frustrations a child may be having. While divorce is never easy for either spouse, it is more difficult for children. Placing a child in the middle of an argument does not help your divorce and certainly does not help a child come to terms with the divorce.
Talking To Children About Divorce
At Cullen & Murphy, our goal is to provide effective divorce representation for not only our clients but also their entire family. The well-being of the entire family is at stake in a divorce, not just the potential outcome of litigation. We believe in open and productive communication through negotiations, mediation and collaborative divorce. This includes encouraging positive communication with your child about your divorce.
How Do I Talk To My Child About Divorce?
There is no easy or simple answer to this question. However, one thing to know is that pretending nothing is wrong and ignoring the opportunity to openly discuss the divorce with your child is most likely not going to help. The good news, though, is that you know your child best.
Consider asking your child if they have any questions about the custody or visitation arrangement. Be open to answering any questions they may have, no matter how hard they may be. Avoid statements that may make your child feel like they are in the middle. A child can suffer from parental alienation syndrome if they constantly hear negative comments about a parent. What is most important to remember is that the best interests of your child are at stake. Alienating them from their mother or father is almost always not in their best interests.
Contact Our Experienced San Bernardino Divorce And Custody Lawyers
If you are going through a divorce, we invite you to contact our California family law firm today. Schedule an initial and confidential consultation with one of our experienced San Bernardino divorce and custody lawyers. Call 951-824-6449. We have offices in Temecula and Riverside.