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Teens may struggle with child custody decisions

| Oct 23, 2020 | Divorce

Divorce affects every member of the family, including the children. Nebraska parents understand how the end of their marriage can affect their young children, but it is important to keep in mind that teens and older children can also struggle with child custody decisions. There are steps parents can take that will ease the emotional and mental trauma that a teenager may experience as a result of his or her parents’ divorce.

One of the main ways to help teens with divorce is to provide them with the opportunity to maintain strong relationships with both parents after the divorce is final. The teenage years are difficult for many reasons, and divorce can exacerbate these things. Divorce can disrupt their lives, and they may lash out. This is one reason why it can be especially important to provide as much continuity of lifestyle as possible.

This time of transition is difficult for every member of the family, not just the teen. However, Nebraska parents will have to set aside their own feelings and temporary emotions in order to make choices that will make sense for their kids. Decisions based on practical and long-term considerations will be better for every member of the family.

Parents can make their divorce easier on their teens by listening to them, avoiding unnecessary conflict and providing them with stability. Child custody can be a complicated issue, especially with older children, but a parent does not have to make these important decisions alone. It may be helpful to work with an experienced family law attorney to ensure that all custody choices are beneficial and sustainable.