Four Tips to Protect Your Children During a Divorce
Divorce is hard on everyone involved. It is especially hard on your children. You may think that you are trying to protect your children but instead you may be hurting them. As Methuen divorce attorneys, we see many children who are hurt by their parents who are in fact just trying to protect them.
Here are some tips to protect your children during a divorce.
- Do not keep your children from the other parent. You should never keep your children away from their other parent. It is not fair to them. They deserve to have both of their parents in their life.
- Do not ask them which parent they want to live with and do not try to persuade them to live with you. It is not fair to push your children to pick one of their parents over another. It is even less fair when their parents are pushing them to choose one over another.
- If you are currently in a child custody battle with your ex, you should not be discussing it with your child. You don’t need to put your children in the middle of the battle. It will do nothing but hurt them.
- Never bad mouth your ex in front of your children. It is very important that you learn to get along for the sake of your children. They need you to learn to co-parent for your children and the sooner the better.
Following these tips will be a challenge especially because divorce and child custody are very emotional issues. If you are able to do these things not only will you be protecting your children but you’ll find your level headed approach in the time of stress will pay off in better relationships with your children down the road.
If you are considering divorce or have questions about child custody, please call our office to schedule your consultation. We serve the entire Merrimack Valley region including clients from Andover, Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill Massachusetts as well as Nashua, Salem, and Southern New Hampshire.