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Children may require special attention after a divorce

The decision to end a marriage often comes after a long period of deliberation. To many, a divorce may seem like the only way to feel happy again. For divorcing parents, however, it is equally important to consider the feelings of the child or children, for they are also involved. A recently published study suggests ways in which parents in Ontario and elsewhere can support their children after a separation.

The report was released on Nov. 28 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the report, it is observed that children suffer emotional trauma when their parents divorce or separate, and may benefit from special help. In support of maintaining positive relationships with both parents, it may be useful to speak with a pediatrician.

A pediatrician can help parents understand what their child is going through, and how it impacts him or her emotionally and developmentally. Each child will respond differently to the divorce, depending on their age, level of development and individual temperament. The healing process may last for as long as 2 to 3 years, with lingering effects for a long time afterwards. Changes in routine, such as where they're living, school and friends all have an impact, as does the behaviour of the parents. It is recommended to keep an open dialogue with children, and answer questions honestly.

Going through a divorce can be a difficult time for all. Having children in the mix makes things even more complicated and upsetting. Working with a law firm experienced with divorce and family law in Ontario may help to make the process easier for everyone. 

Source: aar.org, "AAP Clinical Report Details How To Help Children Through Divorce, Separation", Accessed on Nov. 28, 2016

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