Guiding Kids Through the Stress of Divorce
When parents end a marriage, often the children within the home feel a lot of stress and uncertainty. It is normal for adults to be managing their own emotions and difficulties when facing divorce, but it is also important to take steps to minimize the impact of divorce on children, when possible.
For example, meeting with a Bucks County family attorney is an opportunity to talk through a range of divorce concerns, including exploring how parenting plans and other support can provide stability and consistency for children during their parents’ divorce.
Understanding Children’s Needs and Crafting Parenting Plans
Children have unique needs when their parents are separating, and they may experience a range of emotions, including fear, anger, sadness, confusion, and even guilt, but there are tools, such as parenting plans, to help kids adjust to their new family dynamic.
Parenting plans, also known as custody and visitation agreements, are legal documents that give parents an understanding of how child rearing time and responsibilities will be shared after divorce. They outline various co-parenting aspects such as the following.
- Custody arrangements. It needs to be decided who will have physical and legal custody of the children, and how decisions about the child’s upbringing will be made.
- Detailed visitation schedules. Having a plan for when the children will spend time with each parent, including weekends, holidays, and vacations, is a way to proactively sidestep future disputes.
- When parents have a plan for how they will communicate co-parenting news and information about the child’s well-being, it promotes effective exchanges, whether those exchanges happen within texts, emails, or a co-parenting app.
- Resolution decisions. Establishing a process for resolving disputes or making changes to an agreed upon parenting plan is a way to minimize conflict should an issue or concern arise at a later date.
Parenting plans are helpful to kids, in part, because when parents know what to expect, they are less likely to engage in disagreements that can negatively affect their children
Offering Stability and Emotional Support
When kids know they will continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents, it provides them with emotional support. Plus, parenting plans are legally binding documents, which means that both parents will have peace of mind knowing that both parties are obligated to follow the agreed upon co-parenting blueprint.
A Bucks County family attorney can help you navigate the legal aspects of divorce and ensure that your children’s best interests are at the forefront of the process. Often this includes you and your lawyer working collaboratively with your ex-spouse and their attorney to develop a parenting plan that keeps conflicts away from children and prioritizes their well-being.
Are you interested in learning more about how to effectively co-parent? With the right legal support and the creation of a well-structured parenting plan, you can provide your children with the stability they need during a transitional time. Share the details of your situation with the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Book your no-cost consultation today, call 215-968-6602.