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How child custody can affect a child’s mental health

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2020 | Firm News

Children may struggle when their parents go through a divorce. This is a major event, and it is a transition that can disrupt important relationships a child has with his or her parents and other family members. This can significantly impact mental health, which is why Nebraska parents may try to reach a child custody agreement that is beneficial for the mental and emotional well-being of the kids.

One important step for parents is to refrain from allowing their emotions to drive their decision-making. Temporary emotions are not always reflective of what will actually be best long-term. When anger, jealously and revenge are motives for decisions during divorce, the result may be a child custody arrangement that is not good for either the parents or the children.

Another thing that can be harmful for children is parental alienation. Kids do best after a divorce when allowed to maintain a strong relationship with both parents. When one parent tries to harm the relationship the child has with the other, it is stressful and ultimately harmful for the youngest members of the family. Alienation can be overt and obvious, or it can come in more subtle ways, such as speaking badly about the other parent in front of the kids.

Child custody is often one of the most difficult and contentious issues in a California divorce. Parents will be wise to prioritize the mental health of their kids over their own temporary emotions and personal issues. It can help to work with a legal professional who can help a parent prioritize well and make careful, thoughtful decisions during a divorce.