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Protecting kids’ mental health during a divorce

| Apr 28, 2021 | Divorce |

Kids often have a difficult time when their parents choose to end their marriage, and the choices made during this process have the potential to have a long-term impact on their mental health. Nebraska parents would be wise to strive for a custody order that is fair and reasonable, providing stability and security. It is also important to be aware of the needs of the kids during this difficult time, including protecting their mental health. 

Stress on the kids 

The first year after a divorce is often the most difficult for children. There are many changes in the immediate aftermath of a divorce, and it can take a while for kids to adjust to going between two houses and not getting as much time with each parent. The way kids react to their parents’ divorce could largely depend on their ages and personalities. 

Some of the effects of a divorce that kids may experience could include anxiety and anger. Emotional turmoil can cause changes in behavior and more, and these can affect the entire family. Kids may also experience difficulty in school, trouble with friendships and a lack of interest in maintaining other important relationships. 

What parents can do 

There are specific steps Nebraska parents can take that will minimize the stress their kids may experience during and after their divorce. One is to provide a custody arrangement that allows for equitable access to both parents. They can also strive to co-parent as peacefully and cooperatively as possible as this will reduce stress on the kids.  

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