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Steps parents should take to make divorce easier for their kids

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2020 | Family Law |

When Kentucky parents get divorced, their children may have a lot of questions about why it happened. It is important to answer as many of those questions as possible in a direct manner. Doing so can help to provide assurance that both parents will be there for them regardless of what happens between their mom and dad. It can also help to reassure them that they had nothing to do with the marriage ending.

A parent should be willing to listen to any concerns a child could have about the other parent. However, that person should not try to use those concerns against the other parent or as an excuse to say bad things about a mother or father. Instead, an individual should work with a child to come up with solutions to any problems that a minor is facing.

Ideally, parents will spend time together during the holiday season or during other special occasions. This can help a child feel as if he or she is still part of a cohesive family unit. It can also be more convenient to have one family gathering during Christmas or for a child’s birthday instead of scheduling multiple events. It is important that decisions are made that are in the child’s best interest regardless of how the parents feel about each other.

Ideally, parents will divide custody and visitation in a manner that reflects the best interests of the child. However, if a couple cannot determine on their own how to do so, a judge will make a child custody ruling. Depending on the circumstances of a case, one parent may receive sole or primary physical custody while both parents share legal custody.