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Dealing with children during a divorce

Georgia parents who are thinking about getting a divorce may be understandably hesitant for fear of its potential impact on their children. While ending a marriage can be difficult for young children, it's possible to act in a way that provides for their well-being and avoids inflicting a needless amount of stress on them in the process.

A child's personal happiness is likely to be one of the most important concerns during a divorce. Children do not always understand the reasons why their parents are seeking a split, and a little consideration at this stage of the process can go a long way. Though one parent may hold quite negative feelings about the other, they should avoid voicing them to their child. Not only can alienating a child from one parent negatively impact their mental health, it can have great consequences during the divorce itself if the alienated parent accuses the other of wrongdoing.

Regardless of the outcome of the divorce, the child will in all probability maintain ties with both parents. As such, both parents may need to be able to see each other with at least some amount of amicability. For that reason, it's inadvisable to ask children to spy on the other parent or to act in a manner that causes unnecessary conflict. This is a demanding time for children and preserving the peace can help make the process smoother for them.

In these cases, a parent who is contemplating a divorce may wish to retain the services of an attorney before moving forward. Legal representation can allow the parent to conduct negotiations in a more knowledgeable and nuanced manner than might otherwise be possible. This can help resolve important issues, such as custody, more amicably and thereby retain the prospect of family harmony in the future.

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