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Keeping the focus on the kids during a divorce

When a California couple decides that it is time to get a divorce, things can get heated very quickly especially if there are kids involved. However, according to studies, arguing parents and stress can actually be more detrimental to the children's well-being than the divorce itself. Putting the kids first during the divorce can help them stay happy and healthy even if the family is changing.

It is important that parents choose the timing of their divorce carefully. Some parents file for divorce in the spring as the holidays are over and there is a long stretch of school. While this may be fine for some kids, this could create additional stress for others, causing them to be unable to focus as well in school. Waiting to file until the summer when the kids are out of school could potentially make it easier for them to adjust as they do not have to worry about grades and other school activities.

Additionally, the kids are often better off if their parents can avoid fighting during the divorce process. The children should not be involved in the details of the divorce and parents should avoid talking badly about the other parent. If parents cannot talk calmly to each other, they could potentially stick to texting or email to avoid starting a vocal fight.

Going through a child custody dispute can be very difficult for parents, especially if the other parent refuses to cooperate. A family law attorney may assist with negotiating a parenting plan and visitation schedule with the other party. If the parent has evidence that shows that the other parent has not been cooperating and has a history of violating the temporary child support order, the attorney may work with the court to come to a solution that ensures that both parents are staying on schedule.

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