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Conflict and child custody: the long-term impacts on a child

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2021 | Parenting Plans And Parenting Time

Divorce can be exceptionally difficult for the youngest members of a Nebraska family. Even though parents may strive to make arrangements that are beneficial for the children, ongoing conflict between the two of them can add additional stress for the kids. Child custody issues can be difficult, even after a divorce is final, and parents would be wise to shield their kids from these issues as much as possible.

Studies find that kids who see their parents fight and bicker with each other during divorce are more likely to deal with feelings of abandonment. This can happen even if the kids feel close to one or both of their parents after divorce. The actions of the parents can directly impact a child’s mental health long-term.

Researchers found that continued exposure to conflict causes kids to struggle with the fear of abandonment, even a year after the divorce is final. Conflict may include yelling and fighting, but it may also include asking the kids to carry messages back and forth, speaking poorly about the other parent in front of the children and more. Parents can protect their kids’ mental well-being simply by acting respectfully to each other and avoiding fighting where the kids can see and hear.

Child custody is one of the most complex aspects of any divorce. Each Nebraska parent would be wise to consider how his or her actions may affect the mental and emotional health of the kids. It may be beneficial to work with a legal ally who can help with choices that will allow for a visitation and custody schedule that is in the best interests of the kids.