Divorce impacts more than a million children in the United States each year. Unfortunately, the effects of a divorce proceeding involving a child custody battle can last for years beyond the actual proceeding. A couple of tips may help parents in Bronxville, NY, to ensure that their children transition as smoothly as possible during this type of family law proceeding.

When children are dealing with stress, they usually internalize any concerns they have. They end up displaying their concerns in various ways. Just as divorce does not affect every adult in the same way, it does not impact each child in the same manner.

In addition, just because children do not seem to be showing signs of stress at the time of the divorce proceeding, this does not mean that the marital split-up will not affect them later. Sometimes children display emotions to indicate their anxiety or depression following the dissolution of a marriage. In other situations, a child acts out by doing poorly in school, acting disinterested or withdrawing from friends or activities.

In some divorce cases, the parents are able to resolve child custody disputes through divorce collaboration or negotiation. Through these alternative processes to litigation, parents can create a custom parenting plan that will work for the entire family. This is especially beneficial if the parents will have to serve as co-parents for years down the road. The most important thing when working on a parenting plan with the help of an attorney is to consider what is in the best interest of the child.

Source: good4utah.com, “Talking your Children Through Divorce“, Surae Chinn, Feb. 28, 2017