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How a child can adjust to divorce

Parents in Florida who are separating can help their children build resilience that will make the adjustment less difficult. First, they should work to keep things consistent for the kids. This means maintaining a routine as much as possible so that there can be some stability for the overall larger adjustment of the divorce. Parents should try to agree on some basic, consistent rules between households, but even if they are unable to do so, they should not criticize the other parent's decisions in front of the child.

Children may worry that they are responsible for the divorce or that their parents' feelings toward them will change. They need reassurance that neither of these is the case. Parents should tell their kids that they love them and answer their questions about the divorce. While parents should be honest, they should also give their children age-appropriate explanations. Furthermore, it's important not to put children in the middle of a relationship with the ex-spouse. The child should remain connected to both parents.

If one parent lives far away, it can be difficult to maintain that connection. One way to do it is by sharing experiences. For example, a parent and child could read the same book or watch the same movie. If one parent has to move after the custody arrangements are in place, there may need to be custody modifications. However, for more minor co-parenting issues that arise after divorce, parents should try to reach a solution themselves instead of returning to court every time they experience conflict. They can address co-parenting issues in the parenting agreement that they negotiate during the divorce. This might includes plans for how they will communicate and resolve conflicts. A lawyer can help draft a solid parenting plan.

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