Helping kids through a new child custody arrangement

When Colorado parents divorce, the care and custody of their shared children is often at the top of their priority list. Once the divorce is final, everyone involved will go through a period of adjustment as they become used to the new child custody arrangement. This can be difficult for both parents and children. However, there are a number of steps that a custodial parent can make to help ease this process for their kids.

Perhaps the most important thing a parent can do to help their kids transition into a new child custody arrangement is to remain involved in their lives, and to pay close attention to any changes or concerns that are expressed. Moving from one household into two can consume a great deal of time and energy on the part of the parents. However, kids need love and support during this period of time, and parents must be available to provide that.

Another important consideration involves a child's progress at school. Parents should check in with teachers and the school guidance counselor to make sure that their child is performing well academically, and that there are no signs of stress or anxiety. Children spend the majority of each weekday at school, and teachers can often spot a change in behavior very early on. Schools have a number of resources in place to help kids who encounter difficulties after a divorce, and some even have programs in place specifically for kids who are in a divided household.

Colorado parents should make every effort to move through the transitions that accompany divorce in a manner that suits their own needs, as well as those of their children. It is important to remember that this is a temporary stage of life, and that all parties will eventually adjust to the new child custody structure. Being there to monitor each child's progress through this transition and providing the needed love and support can help everyone move into a happy and healthy post- divorce existence.

Source: The Charlotte Observer, The post-divorce balancing act, Nicole H. Sodoma, Nov. 6, 2013

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