The end of a marriage can take a toll on every member of the family, and teenagers are no exception. A divorce will impact kids in different ways depending on their ages and development, and Nebraska parents will want to be sure they are providing the support their older kids need during this difficult time. This should be a primary goal in a co-parenting relationship.
The teen years can be emotional and challenging, especially during and after a divorce. Parenting through this can be difficult for two parents who are also facing their own emotional challenges and changes in their daily lives. The following tips may be helpful:
- Parents should remain in communication and continue to talk with each other about their teens.
- Parents should coordinate in order to provide as much continuity as possible between their two homes.
- Parents should be flexible, especially in matters that involve changes in schedule and routine as this is to be expected occasionally.
When parents make it their mutual goal to provide their teen with the support they need during this time to change and transition, it will be easier to navigate co-parenting matters after the divorce is final.
Best interests of the kids
Nebraska parents often consider how their divorce will affect younger children. They should not overlook the potential impact of the divorce process on their older kids as well, even if their teen acts as if he or she is fine. Teens may need extra support and consideration, and their needs should be a primary factor into a co-parenting plan.