When parents choose to file for legal separation or divorce in Dallas, children are often caught in the crossfire. Not only must children learn to adjust to a new way of living, but they are often forced to deal with feelings and emotions that they may not understand. Divorce can have serious effects on children's lives. However, parents can help to prevent any long-term damage by addressing the specific needs of their children during this difficult time.
Paula Lock Smyth Law Offices works with clients to minimize the impact of divorce. To do this, the firm's attorney helps parents devise a custody plan that keeps the children's best interests as the primary focus. Simplifying the divorce process can give parents more time to foster the healthy growth and development of their children, and continue to build strong relationships.
Helping Children Cope
There are several behaviors that, when followed, can help to reduce the trauma a child may experience during a divorce. In addition to keeping a scheduled routine for the children, parents are encouraged to engage in the following habits:
- Minimize parental conflict
- Avoid talking poorly about the other parent in front of the child
- Avoid using the child as a go-between or to relay messages
- Enroll the child in extracurricular activities
- Ensure the child is able to spend ample time with each parent
Furthermore, both parents should make every attempt to attend important functions, such as school performances, sporting events, parent-teacher conferences and medical appointments. It is also important for parents to realize that children react to divorce in different ways. If parents see their child's behavior deteriorate to the point where the child is using drugs or alcohol, inflicting injury on himself or herself, shows extreme anger or has trouble with concentration, then it may be a good idea to seek professional help.
Exploring Your Options
Even when divorce is inevitable, parents can work together to raise strong and healthy children. Contact attorney Paula Lock Smyth at 214-646-1485 to schedule a free initial consultation, or simply use the firm's online form.