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Prioritizing children during a divorce

The divorce process can be stressful for children and negatively affect their emotional, mental and even physical health. Massachusetts residents who are divorced or in the process of getting divorced should always make sure that their children are their first consideration when making decisions regarding divorce issues.

Although it may seem natural to harbor feelings of distrust towards an ex-spouse or soon-to-be ex-spouse, it is important that divorcing parents work to assume that the other party has the best intentions in mind when it comes to the children. The assumption of good intentions is able to produce more favorable long-term results and can keep stress at healthy levels.

Divorcing parents should also figure out how to constructively resolve their issues without compromising the needs of their children. At the very least, the parents should make it a priority to handle their emotions in front of their children, engage in functional communication with one another and learn to deal with their personal issues on their own time.

When it comes to the upbringing of children, effective co-parenting is often what is best for the children. Co-parenting gives the children of divorcing parents the security of knowing that they are loved by both of their parents and increases the chances that they will grow up to be adults with high levels of self-esteem.

In placing their children first, divorcing parents can adhere to a three-part rule. This entails never treating their children as messengers, unloading their frustrations to the children or speaking negatively about the other party in the presence of the children.

A divorce attorney may advise clients about divorce mediation if they have children and are interested in limiting the amount of stress a divorce can cause. While protecting clients' interests, the attorney may engage in negotiations to resolve the issues of the divorce.

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