Children and Divorce
The ongoing health and mental well-being of children during divorce often depend upon how their parents interact following the decision to end the marriage. Avoiding prolonged, messy divorce proceedings is one way to mitigate the negative effects of this stressful time, but it is also a good idea to look at options that include outside education about the end of marriage and its effect on kids.
At the Law Offices of Mark Abzug P.A., we care about the health and well-being of our clients’ families before, during and after the divorce process has run its course. We can recommend divorce counseling programs that will help children adjust to the new reality of family life.
Attorney Mark Abzug offers clients compassionate legal advice and effective representation in family law matters related to divorce. For more information on our services, call 954-753-1003 or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations and flexible hours.
A Coral Springs Divorce Lawyer Providing Legl Services to Families
Divorce brings along with it all kinds of uncomfortable feelings, including fear, regret, anger and sadness. Parents, however, aren’t the only ones who can feel this way; children also may experience these feelings. When parents are armed with the knowledge of how to shepherd their children through the divorce process, the children fare much better.
When parents clash or stop communicating, their children are more likely to have academic, psychological, self-esteem and social problems. Divorce education is an attempt to address these issues. Divorce education is a class or series of classes focusing on giving you and your children’s other parent the tools to interact with each other positively, especially when it comes to your children. The state in which you are divorcing may even require some type of divorce education.
What Divorce Education Programs Do
Most programs teach the following:
- Impact of family conflict on children
- Building effective parenting plans
- Developmental needs of children
- Creating new family relationships
- Developing positive co-parenting
- Preventing parental alienation syndrome (PAS)
- Satisfying the child’s best interests
Participants typically report that they find the programs helpful, even if the only reason they attended was because of a court order or legal requirement to do so.
Classes for Kids
In addition to divorce education for adults, many jurisdictions have added an educational component designed to directly help children living through divorce. In the programs, children are usually divided into groups depending on their age. Being with other children experiencing the same difficulties often lets kids express their feelings. Through games, drawing and writing guided by trained facilitators, the children learn to understand the meaning of divorce in their family and cope with this significant change. Most programs provide tools for solving current problems as well as potential future difficulties.
Together, adult divorce education and children’s divorce support programs are helping to reshape the divorce landscape. Parents who attend divorce education programs are learning techniques for keeping their kids as happy and healthy as possible during and after the divorce process. Given the rate of divorce today, the efforts parents make and the accomplishments they achieve through divorce education will benefit both their children and the overall society.
Serving Clients in Coral Springs and Throughout the Area
If you want to learn more about divorce education opportunities where you live, contact your local family court or call us at 954-753-1003. We have more than 20 years of experience in child custody and support matters. Contact us online to schedule a FREE initial consultation.