William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law
Call Today for a Free Initial Consultation
770-884-4171 888-365-5983

Marietta's Pre-Eminent Family Law Firm

Complex Legal Issues Deserve Bold, Intelligent Representation

Call for A Free consultation
Attorney

How to keep children thriving after divorce

It is undeniable that divorce can be hard on children. Children may think they are responsible for the divorce or that they must side with one parent over the other. According to a psychology professor at Wake Forest University, however, there is no reason why a child cannot do well after a divorce.

The Wall Street Journal reports five ways to protect kids from the negative effects of a divorce:

  • It is important that children remain close to both parents. Parents should individually continue to do both normal, routine activities with children, as well as go on special outings and activities with them.
  • Parents should avoid fighting in the presence of children. When parents fight, insult, or speak poorly about each other in front of children, the children often feel torn between their parents.
  • Studies have shown that when each individual parent's household and standard of living is relatively comparable to the others, children are more likely to thrive. It can be problematic for one parent to give presents to a child while the other parent is unable to do so.
  • Both parents should continue to be care givers to children. This could include something as simple as preparing meals or helping with math homework.
  • Children are reluctant to embrace change and, thus, parents should try to make their children's lives as stable as it was before the divorce. If possible, children should continue to go to the same school and live in the same house. Parents can also help their children by keeping similar or the same rules between houses.

While the divorce rate is the lowest it has been since 1970, there are still over 1 million children living with a parent who has recently divorced. If divorcing parents can communicate amicably and put aside their differences for the benefit of their children, the children can escape much of the negative aftereffects of divorce.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "The Child-Focused Divorce," Elizabeth Bernstein, Sept. 6, 2011

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Call Us When You Need Outstanding Legal Representation

Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Attorney
William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law

Office Location

William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law
506 Roswell Street SE, Suite 240
Marietta, GA 30060

Toll Free: 888-365-5983
Phone: 770-884-4171
Fax: 770-422-1347
Marietta Law Office Map