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How parents can help their children adjust to a divorce

There are several things that parents in Arizona can do to protect their children after a divorce. The first thing that they should do is make sure that a child knows that the divorce was not his or her fault. This can be part of an overall strategy to be as honest as possible without divulging inappropriate information. Generally speaking, lying about small things can cause a child to lose trust in a parent.

A child should be allowed to spend time with both parents without feeling guilty about choosing one over the other. It is important to keep in mind that spending time with one person doesn't indicate a lack of love or respect for the other. Children should also be allowed to spend time with their friends even if it means reduced parenting time. Allowing kids to spend time with their peers can be good for their overall development.

Parents should allow their children to express their feelings whether they are positive or negative. This provides a safe space for a child to learn how to experience and manage emotions in a healthy manner. If changes are made to a parenting plan, a child has the right to know about them in a timely manner. In some cases, that child should have some say as to how those changes are implemented.

The fact that a couple has children could influence how a divorce settlement is structured. For instance, a custodial parent may receive spousal support or a larger portion of marital assets to help raise the child. Custodial parents may also be allowed to retain the family home to create some stability for a son or daughter. An attorney may be able to help resolve any issues that come up during the divorce process.

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