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Divorce poses emotional challenges for entire family

Based on research, the majority of marriages do not last long term in California and other parts of the United States. Sadly, divorce is far from an easy process for parents and especially children to go through. Fortunately, parents who decide to break up can take a couple of steps to minimize the emotional challenges their children will face as a result of the divorce.

First, keeping things consistent for the children during the marital dissolution is a wise move. Children are generally resilient, and going through life changes can help them to grow. However, the less upheaval they experience while going through a life change like divorce, the less stressful the process will be for them.

Parents might also want to let their children know that their divorce had nothing to do with them. Children have a tendency to think that they are responsible for their parents' breakup, so they struggle with feelings like guilt. Parents can help to prevent this by explaining to the children that the parents simply do not feel love for one another as they did in the past, but their love for their children will never change.

Divorce is often a hard process for the entire family from an emotional standpoint. However, resolving divorce issues at the negotiation table, for example, rather than in court may help to make it this process easier for all family members to cope with. An attorney can help those going through marital breakups to pursue the outcomes they desire when addressing matters such as child custody and child support in California.

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