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The importance of interacting with your children during divorce

For Fort Lauderdale couples, divorce and custody battles can be emotional and stressful. While strained relationships tend to straighten out after the crisis is over, it can be difficult during a divorce because relationships may seem permanently damaged. Although divorce and child custody issues are typically between parents, the fallout and emotional trauma can detrimentally affect the children.

Because the child custody process can be lengthy and emotionally draining, it is important to tend to and nurture relationships with children involved. Maintaining good communication and showing children empathy, acceptance and energy, as well as being generous with your time can make a positive impact in a child's life. Managing a child custody arrangement can be difficult, so repairing the damage the divorce may have caused, and preventing future issues from occurring is central to a continued positive relationship.

Conversation and open communication with your kids is essential as you go through a divorce. It's important to allow your children to express themselves without fear of repercussions. It can help them heal from the emotional trauma of a divorce. Since it may be difficult for children to express themselves, it may be helpful allow them to direct the conversation and then demonstrate that you are paying attention.

Participating in outside activities is another important way to get involved. Something as simple as going out to see a movie can be an effective way to let them know they matter to you. In the future, it is more likely that because of your efforts to be involved in their lives, they will turn to you in their time of need.

Parents in Fort Lauderdale who are embroiled in a child custody battle may find that incorporating these suggestions can help foster open and low-stress relationships with their children.

Source: "Don't Divorce Your Kids," Nancy Fagan, Feb. 2, 2012

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