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Child custody: Keeping children out of the conversation

Emotions may be out of control during a divorce situation. But no matter how angry or hurt parents are at each other, they must make it a priority when it comes to keeping children out of the conversation regarding divorce and custody matters. Divorcing Florida parents are best served by not putting their children in the middle of their problems. Children may already be feeling the pain of their parents splitting up and adding to that pain by involving them in issues they shouldn't be involved in is not in their best interests.

Kids are already feeling enough guilt when trying to come to terms with how to love both parents without betraying the other. Although their marriage has ended, parents will always be parents together, and not involving their children in their personal issues will help them to co-parent in a healthy, successful way. This outlook, experts say, will serve positively in child custody situations.

If parents have a problem regarding their children, discussing it when they're either picking up or dropping their children off to the other parent is not a wise move. Meeting in a neutral place like a coffee shop might be a better alternative. Doing so rationally may make it easier to come to an agreement.

Badmouthing a former spouse in front of a child is not wise for the child's emotional well-being. Even when child custody issues in Florida are fraught with emotion, keeping children out of the conversation is extremely important. A lawyer may be able not only to provide pertinent information on the state's child custody laws, but offer compassionate advice on where his or her clients can find help in other areas such as for family counseling.

Source: divorceandchildren.com, "Keeping Kids Out of The Middle", Christina Mcghee, Accessed on May 18, 2018

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