Divorce can be hard enough on an individual who does not have children. However, a divorce for a Massachusetts parent can be difficult for both the parent and the child. The stress associated with a divorce sometimes carries over to how the parent cares for the child, which has the potential for causing long-lasting negative effects.
However, there are ways in which these effects can be minimized. This minimization all starts with the parents’ ability to effectively handle their own emotions so they do not boil over onto their children. It is also important to reassure children that, no matter how the parent is feeling, the divorce was not the result of the child’s actions.
If there are apparent issues being suffered by the child, it is important to not shy away from seeking professional help for them. This can provide the children with a way to release their feelings to an individual who is not involved in the emotion surrounding the divorce. Also, it may be beneficial for the separated parents to seek couples’ therapy for themselves, so they can work out a plan to ensure that the transition is made as smoothly as possible.
The goal of many Massachusetts couples who are going through a divorce is to make the process as painless as possible for themselves and for their children. By focusing their efforts on the child’s well-being, while also ensuring the divorce is proceeding efficiently on the legal front, substantial positive gains can be made. This approach may allow a couple and their children to move forward, all while ensuring that they are given the resources and information necessary to work through such a drastic change in their life.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Helping You And Your Children Make It Through Divorce,” Francine Shapiro, Aug. 29, 2012