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Age affects how children cope with divorce

If you’re preparing to or have just recently informed your children that you’re getting divorced, you might be a bit worried about their potential reactions. While you understand that filing for divorce is an adult issue, you also want what’s best for your kids and hope they have adequate coping skills because you know your decision will disrupt their lives.

Your kids’ ages at the time of your divorce may be significant to the types of reactions they have and emotions they experience as you all search for a new normal together in your day-to-day lives. Setting up a strong support network from the start is often key to helping Louisiana children come to terms with life-changing issues such as divorce. Children are typically highly adaptable, meaning with love, encouragement and support, your kids will likely be able to move on in life in a productive and healthy manner.

Getting divorced? Your children might have these fears

If you're currently planning to file for divorce in a Louisiana civil court, you certainly are not the only parent in the state whose marriage is heading in that direction. In fact, you likely have neighbors, co-workers, friends or relatives who have already divorced or are considering it. Like all good parents, your children's well-being is your highest priority.

While divorce need not necessarily ruin your kids' lives, your decision will definitely affect them. Many children experience some anxiety and fear when they learn that their parents are choosing to sever their marital ties. By building a strong support network from the start, you can help your children cope in as healthy a manner as possible as you and they work together to adapt to a new lifestyle.

Prepare now to avoid summer break custody issues

It won't be long before the Louisiana school year ends and your children will have several months of free time. Undoubtedly, they have many plans for their time off. Your teens may be looking for part-time work, and your younger children may be anticipating more time for friends and outdoor activities.

Perhaps this is your first summer since your divorce, or maybe you recall the chaos of custody issues over the winter holidays. In either case, adapting your custody arrangements to a new summer schedule can be intimidating, but it does not have to be an impossible task.

How technology can help with post-divorce communication

When a Louisiana parent gets divorced, he or she must keep in touch with his or her ex regarding their children.

If you're currently facing a similar situation, all is likely to go well, provided you and your ex get along well. More often than not, however, even former couples who can relate in an amicable fashion may encounter certain challenges concerning their kids, especially with regard to custody or child support.

Do I have the right to refuse my ex visitation?

You and your ex may have had a difficult time after the breakup. Undoubtedly, you struggled through many serious disagreements, and you may have had to fight hard to win legal and physical custody of your child. Difficult as it may be to turn your son or daughter over to your ex for visitation days, you have complied for the sake of your child.

As much as you may recognize how important it is for your child to spend as much time with both parents as possible, there may be times when you want to refuse the visitation rights of the other parent.

Read this if you're a non-custodial parent

Like many divorced parents in Louisiana and beyond, when you signed the divorce papers, you immediately started to worry about how the situation was going to affect your children. You've known enough friends and family members who have gotten divorced to know that kids often encounter serious emotional challenges as they try to adapt to new lifestyles after their parents' divorce.

As a non-custodial parent, you want to make sure you maintain an active, healthy and close relationship with your kids. They mean the world to you, and you don't want any type of legal issue to arise between you and your ex that adversely affects your parent/children relationship. Protecting your rights doesn't mean you are placing legalities above your children's best interests; in fact, sometimes, it means you are doing what's best for them.

What constitutes unfit parenting in a custody battle?

No matter how often you and your spouse argued during marriage, it doesn't necessarily mean either of you is a bad parent. Like most Louisiana families, you've probably had good days and some not so good when it comes to raising your children.

Unfit parenting, on the other hand, is an entirely different thing.

4 factors to consider when thinking about divorce

When you said, "I do," you likely made that vow with the intention of staying with your spouse through sickness and health, the good times and bad, and various other scenarios.

However, you may have more recently begun to think that instead of making a vow, your partner duped you into an agreement to which the other party did not intend to adhere. Your once-loving relationship may now have you wondering how you could have ever married your spouse in the first place.

5 ways to keep the peace when holiday custody issues arise

This holiday season, you may be no different from other parents who look forward to spending time with their children. Maybe your calendar is loaded with gatherings, parties, pageants and concerts, and you hope to join other family members in their celebrations. There is only one thing holding you back: your joint custody order.

If you and your ex-spouse are still in the early years since your divorce, it may be difficult to meet him or her with requests to alter the custody schedule for holiday events. Nevertheless, here are five tips to help you get the most out of your meeting.

  • Be prepared

What to expect regarding your kids' reactions to your divorce

Like most parents, you likely have days when parenting feels like the most rewarding experience of your life and also times when you just hope you can make it through the day because your kids are causing you so much stress. Something adults don't always consider is that grownups also sometimes do things that cause children stress as well.  

Divorce is one type of situation that can cause disruption and stress in children's lives. If you end your marriage, does it necessarily mean that you are going to ruin your children's lives? No, it does not; however, it likely means that they (and you) will encounter challenges as they come to terms with the situation and take their first steps toward a new lifestyle.  

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