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How Can I Protect My Child From Conflict During Divorce? 

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aurora divorce lawyerStudies on children with divorced parents can paint a dismal picture. Children of divorces often experience high levels of stress and tend not to do as well in many ways, including academics, criminal behavior, and the likelihood of substance abuse. 

However, there are ways parents can mitigate the impact of divorce on their children. Certain risk factors can impact children more than others, and these risks can be avoided with maturity and commitment from the parents. Unfortunately, this can be very difficult when parents are engaged in a high-conflict divorce. Here are some ways you can protect your child during divorce to ensure their well-being in the future. 

Avoid Fighting in Front of Your Children

Spouses who are getting divorced often have years of pent-up hostility and grudges, but the divorce is not the time to air these grievances. Children experience parental conflict as frightening and confusing and often feel pressured to take sides or defend one parent to another. 

Instead, parents who want to protect their children must have a marked commitment to avoiding conflict. This means not badmouthing a spouse to a child or talking to anyone about the parent where a child could overhear. Proactively pursuing mediation can be a great way for arguing parents to come to a resolution on difficult issues. 

Remember Your Child Needs Both Parents

No matter how angry one spouse is at the other, it is crucial to remember that it is the spouses who are getting divorced - not the children. Unless there are extenuating circumstances of abuse or neglect, children need both of their parents. Spouses should do their best to allow their children to experience their relationship with the other parent as wholesomely as they can during and after a divorce. 

Be Ready to Tolerate a Variety of Reactions

Children’s emotional responses to divorce are varying and unpredictable. A child who seems to take the news of the divorce well may fall into a depression as the process of separating households becomes a reality. Children need love and support from both parents, especially during divorce, and parents who can have empathy for a wide variety of distressed reactions and behaviors will be able to better support a child who is struggling. Counseling or therapy is often very helpful to children during a divorce. 

Speak with a North Aurora Divorce Attorney

If you and your spouse are unable to agree on issues related to your children, consider obtaining the representation of an experienced Kane County divorce attorney at The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.. Mr. Matthew M. Williams has experience working with high-conflict divorces and can help you protect your child and your interests. Contact us today at 630-409-8184 to schedule your initial consultation. 




The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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