On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in child custody on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
After finalizing a divorce in Florida, parents take on a new role in their children’s lives. Whether the courts decided on joint or sole custody, parents should learn how to adjust to their new lifestyle in a way that is most beneficial for the children, even if it is not convenient for the adults. According to the Huffington Post, one of the greatest ways to benefit the children is to work together as parents whenever possible, putting personal differences aside. This may mean allowing the children to split their time evenly between parents, or possibly allowing the children to decide where they will live. While the thought of the children spending so much time with an estranged spouse may be painful, it often contributes to the emotional stability of the children.
Ultimately, the goal for divorcing parents should be to put their children first. Attempting to be empathetic toward the children’s confusing emotions may help them cope with this difficult time. Choosing not to disparage the other parent in front of the children is also important. The children should feel free to continue a healthy relationship with each parent without negative reactions from the other.
Psychology Today assures parents that children from divorced homes still have the potential to live happy, fulfilling lives. The important aspects of parenting, including stability, emotional support and unconditional love may be provided adequately even from parents living in different homes. Each parent should be intentionally focused on maintaining a positive outlook toward their new living situation and creating a predictable routine for their children.