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Child custody can be smooth for Massachusetts divorcees

It's no secret; divorce is hard on both spouses and the children. Although custody issues can become quickly become complex, parents who are divorcing have options. Massachusetts parents can achieve a smooth child custody agreement in the midst of the emotional challenges during a divorce proceeding.

No matter the grounds for divorce, it is important to remember that children have less of a platform to stand on when it comes to dealing with the emotional repercussions. Parents who can find resolution and co-parent with a level of respect and kindness allow their children a greater success rate of dealing and adjusting to the changes during and after a divorce. Research shows that children of divorced parents often exhibit emotional maturity and a higher level of independence; this is determined in the context in which the children have two healthy homes to draw from during the developing years.

A path to smooth child custody and divorce proceedings is lined with several behavioral factors. Addressing the subject with sensitivity to the children is the first step. Supporting and acknowledging the lasting relationship that a child has with the other parent is pivotal for both the child and co-parenting relational needs.

Leaning on the support of family and friends, making healthy lifestyle choices and setting long and short-term goals can help make all the difference on an individual level during a divorce. Though it can be one of the most stressful events in a person's life, divorce and adjusting to life afterwards can be managed smoothly. Massachusetts parents have options to ensure divorce and child custody proceedings are processed with ease.

Source:, Co-parenting through divorce and toward two happy homes, Dr. Michael Oberschneider, Oct. 13, 2013

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