Divorce can change much about the lives of Pennsylvania residents. This can be especially true when children are involved. Following a divorce, children may no longer be able to enjoy the exact same living situation that they had prior to the separation. However, this does not necessarily mean the lives of the children will be better or worse, just different. In fact, there are some ways that it may be possible to ensure that a parent's relations with children is not damaged and that the transition into post-divorce life is made as smoothly as possible.
One thing parents can do is talk to their children and help give them perspective on the divorce. Sometimes, children may worry whether their parents will still love them following a separation. This is why it can be very important for parents to assure their children that they will continue to love and care for them no matter what.
What's more, the best interests of the children should always be put first. This should always be the case when determining child custody arrangements, whether or not child support is appropriate, how to decide on certain details of the child's upbringing, etc. It is often in the child's best interests for the parents to maintain a certain level of civility throughout the process. This may mean avoiding using the children like pawns in order to gain advantages in court. It might also mean co-operating with the ex-spouse throughout the process and avoiding criticizing the ex-spouse in front of the children.
Divorce can be challenging, especially when children are involved. Thankfully, attorneys are available to help pave the way for a smooth divorce process and ensure that the children's best interests are protected.
Source: FindLaw, "Divorce: Easing the Strain on Children," accessed on March 1, 2016