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Prioritizing kids during separation and divorce

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2024 | Divorce

Children are often confused, hurt and uncertain when their parents go through the process of ending their marriage. Divorce is difficult for every member of the family, but it can be especially hard for kids who are unsure of how to navigate these transitions. Parents would be wise to be intentional about protecting the interests of their kids by prioritizing their needs during a separation and eventual divorce. 

The emotions of a divorce are strong, and it is easy to see how parents could become focused on how they feel in the moment. These temporary feelings are rarely good indicators of what will be best long-term, and it is helpful to focus instead on what the kids need for stability and security. This focus will ensure that the terms sought are truly in the best interests of the children. 

Emotional and mental security for kids 

Kids can go through a lot during a divorce, even if their parents are amicable and resolved to work together for the benefit of their children. If you are facing a divorce, it may be helpful to prepare in advance by taking note of the ways you can be intentional about protecting the mental and emotional health of your kids during this time. Some things to consider include: 

  • Prioritize your children, even over how you feel in the moment. This may require you setting aside your own temporary feelings. 
  • Seek terms that provide consistency and support for your kids, as well as regular access to both parents. 
  • Be respectful when talking to the other parent, and avoid putting children in the middle or using them as messengers. 
  • Stay involved in the lives of your children, even if they are with the other parent. You can do this through phone calls, messaging and more. 
  • Ensure that the children know that the divorce is not their fault and that both parents will still be a part of their lives. 

This effort can provide your children with critical assurance that they need during this time. If you are unsure of how to navigate a Colorado divorce in a way that is best for your kids, you may benefit from seeking professional assistance as you consider your options and make critical decisions.