How Might Divorce Affect My Children?
All children are different, but it's fair to say that your divorce will have some emotional or psychological effect on your children. Some of the most common side effects include:
- Poor performance at school
- Disinterest in things that they used to enjoy
- Becoming withdrawn toward friends and family
- Feeling like the divorce is somehow their fault
- Feelings of insecurity and instability
Many professionals recommend that parents get together to tell their children about the decision to divorce. In a calm, loving way, parents are encouraged to explain how this will affect the children, stressing that this is in no way their fault.
Depending on the relationship you have with your spouse, child custody and visitation may become an issue. You may be able to settle on a favorable compromise outside of court through mediation or collaborative law. However, if you and your spouse can't come to a decision, you will have to go to court to have a judge decide the fate of your children. which could be very traumatic for them.
At Chung & Ignacio, LLP, our attorneys are sensitive to the fact that this is a trying time for you and your family. We do our best to provide compassionate representation and emotional support to our clients who facing the difficulties of divorce with children.