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How to help your children through child custody changes

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Child Custody

Divorce or separation can be a challenging time for families, especially when they involve child custody changes.

As a parent, your priority should be making sure your children feel loved, supported and secure during this transition.

Establish open communication

Maintaining open communication with your children is important. Encourage them to express their feelings and concerns about the custody changes without judgment. Listen attentively and validate their emotions. Assure them that their feelings are normal and that you will support them through this process.

Maintain consistency and routine

Children thrive on routine and stability, so maintain consistency amidst the changes. Try to keep their daily routines as normal as possible, including bedtime, meals and extracurricular activities. Consistency can provide a sense of security and predictability during uncertain times.

Be honest and age-appropriate

When discussing custody changes with your children, be honest and use simple language that they can understand. Avoid sharing unnecessary details that may confuse or overwhelm them, such as divorce statistics. Reassure them that the changes are not their fault and that both parents still love them.

Encourage quality time

Plan fun activities together, such as outings to the park, movie nights or cooking meals together. Make these moments special and focus on creating positive memories.

Promote a positive relationship with the other parent

Promote a positive co-parenting dynamic for the sake of your children. Encourage them to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents and avoid speaking negatively about the other parent in their presence. Remember, your children’s well-being should always come first.

Navigating child custody changes can be emotionally challenging. Do not hesitate to seek support from friends, family members or counseling services.