Children go through divorce with their parents every day. From the first fight in the home through the finalization of the divorce and long after, children deal with the fallout of a divorce emotionally and sometimes physically.
Children of divorce may have to struggle with one parent who isn't earning enough for them to live comfortably due to the other parent not paying support or refusing custody or visitation. They may struggle emotionally because of moving to a new home, school or state.
The good news is that parents can take steps to make things easier on their children. From going through family counseling and mediation to making sure you and your ex-spouse get along when you're together to setting up a custody schedule that allows your child to see old friends and to participate in school activities, there's a lot you can do to make the transition from one lifestyle to a new one easier.
What can you do if it seems like your child isn't adjusting to the situation after divorce?
If it seems like your child isn't adjusting well, it's worth the time it takes to sit down together with them and your ex-spouse (when possible) to talk about what they're going through. If you and your ex can come together as a combined force for good, your child may feel confident in speaking out and letting you know what they're feeling.
Our website has more on family law concerns and what you can do to help make the transition from a traditional family to a single-parent home easier on your child.