Almost 50 percent of marriages end up in divorce or separation in the US! Divorce can be complex and trigger many emotions that can profoundly impact an individual’s mental and physical health. From the onset to its completion, it comes along with its own set of problems and worries. It may even get complicated when dealing with children, businesses, or property.

Children are the worst affected in a divorce as they would not see their parents together. It may shake a child’s confidence if they will be loved, cared for, and be safe in the future. You must choose either sole or joint legal custody during the process based on your child’s best interest. Research suggests that it is in the child’s best interest to have a healthy relationship with both their parents. Children who have a healthy relationship with both their parents are more likely to thrive than their peers who do not have any relationship.

Emotion check

Being mindful and keeping emotions under check during such difficult times is not easy. Think about providing a healthy and safe environment for your child’s overall development.

Understand your child’s needs

It is important to understand what your child needs. Your child may be deeply affected by the divorce, and it may reflect in their behavior and attitude during such difficult times. It is crucial to provide a healthy and safe environment for your child without affecting their routines, such as school schedule, social activities, and more.

Decide for yourself on the custody

Make your own decision on the custody while keeping in mind all the possibilities. Seek legal counsel’s help, so you are not alone in this process.

Focus on your child’s upbringing

Never speak ill of the other parent in front of your child and make them a part of disputes or issues. However, keep your child well informed about your decisions or day-to-day activities. Never put your child in a position where they would have to choose between their parents or show where their allegiance lies. If your child wants to talk, then listen. 

Attorneys at Shaffer Family Law in Chandler will help you understand what is essential and what is not to make decisions that matter. Give us a call at (480) 470-3030 to let us help you in the process.


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