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Once child custody is decided, how can parents help kids cope?

Separation and divorce can come with a host of challenges, especially for couples who have children. Ontario parents should take care to understand the emotional difficulties their children might face with the family shift. While issues such as child custody and child support are dealt with through family law, helping children cope is often a matter that families must broach at home. Here are some tips to do just that.

Communication is extremely important when it comes to helping children cope with a split. Children can often feel like they are missing explanations or like they don't understand what is going on around them, which can lead to anxiety and cause them to doubt themselves. Speak to them about their concerns, and consider a therapist to tackle more difficult issues.

Parents should not neglect self care in a divorce. By taking care of oneself, a parent is also caring for his or her child's mother or father. Emotional work and healing can help a parent to better understand and process the split themselves, which will undoubtedly improve one's ability to help the children deal with the change.

Divorce has an impact on a whole family, not just the two people going through the split. This is particularly true in the case of children, who can often internalize the issues or blame themselves for the parents' break-up. Using mental health professionals, doing personal work and opening up appropriate lines of communication are all great ways to manage these challenges with kids. Those who are seeking support with child custody or support issues should turn to an Ontario lawyer to better understand their options.

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