Divorce and Tension for the Kids
Divorce is a stressful event, for adults and kids. It can be helpful for some to expect an emotional toll, even when the split is amicable and clear. After all, knowing there could be difficulties is an opportunity to put support systems in place. Then, kids and their parents can learn to cope, adapt, and thrive.
If you are wondering about the impact of your divorce and how to move toward a strong future, discuss your situation with a skilled Bucks County family attorney. There can be painful effects and challenges, but having legal and personal plans in place means you can work to reduce heightened emotions and decide important details with a calm mind.
Conflict Between Parents Can Be Stressful for Kids
One of the tensions of a divorce is the conflict between parents. When the process starts, it is common for the parents to already be in a period of intense conflict. It can be beneficial when a divorce leads to tension reduction, but there are times when the emotional pressures continue even after the marriage has ended. Cooperation can be extremely helpful, then the parents can agree on making the security of the kids a priority.
Also, kids can experience stress if their parents are having financial pressures. While not all individuals have money troubles when they are going through the divorce process, it is common. Even when there are plenty of resources, the shifts in those resources can lead to arguments. Plus, child support payments can be part of financial strain, which may have a direct impact on a child’s lifestyle.
New Friends for Kids and New Partners for Adults
After a divorce, or even starting before the divorce occurs, kids may experience huge shifts in their relationships. This can happen in a variety of ways, including the following.
- Moving causes kids to lose touch with school friends
- Contact with non-custodial parent is reduced
- Family members on either or both sides of family are seen less
Every situation is different and a variety of factors can have an influence on a child feeling their support system is impacted. Geographical distances can strain bonds and existing relationships may suffer from lack of time spent together. There are ways to help, including building new support systems, through counseling, support groups, or extracurricular activities.
An added impact is when adults have new romantic partners. This can be complex as a child may have to adjust to a new stepparent marrying one parent and also fielding questions from the other parent, who may be angry about the new relationship. Some experts find the impact reduced when a new partner is introduced after a child has had time to acclimate to the divorce, but there are other times when everyone adjusts quickly.
Are you concerned about divorce stress and your children? The family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand can help. Our dedicated legal team understands the finer points of family law. There are opportunities to create the life you want. Schedule your free consultation today, call (215) 968-6602.