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Good communication can help children accept divorce

The best interests of the children should be at the forefront of parents' minds when explaining divorce to them. However, when Maryland parents decide to divorce, sometimes their own emotions are so overwhelming that they fail to communicate with their children about divorce and what it means for the future. Fortunately, there are some things that parents can do to help ensure their children's emotional well-being.

According to a family development professional in another state, negative parental relationships affect children in both the long and short term. In the short term, children's grades may drop, while, in the long term, they can have problems with relationships later in life. Also, parents should take care of themselves by developing a support system that will allow for their own well-being. Parents should recognize that their children need both parents in their lives and encourage those relationships.

It is important that both parents calmly and amicably explain to their children that they are getting a divorce. The parents should explain that the children are not the reason for the divorce without divulging too much about the actual reasons for the divorce. In addition, the parents should be united in what they tell their children and should keep to the basics for the first discussion.

Divorce is hard on both parents and the children, and all parties can benefit from keeping the feelings and needs of the other involved parties in mind. A Maryland parent can speak with an attorney who focuses his or her practice on family law to learn more about the options that are available that may make the divorce process easier and less contentious. After all, maintaining an amicable relationship with one's co-parent will benefit everyone for years to come.

Source: grandforksherald.com, "Helping kids cope with parents' separation, divorce", Pamela Knudson, March 17, 2015

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