When Michigan families break up, the divorce can be very difficult for the children even when the actual process is quick and the parents remain friendly. However, there are a few ways that parents can lessen the impact of the changes on the kids.
A divorce can be extremely stressful for the children and have an impact on their behavior and performance in school. To prevent this, it is best if parents avoid having the kids move far distances or change schools. If there are some changes that have to be made, they should be minimized as much as possible. Further, parents should work together to minimize any conflict that remains between them. If there are any arguments that remain, the conflicts should not occur around the kids.
Finally, parents should not forget to take care of themselves. Even if the divorce is entirely amicable and there is very little conflict going forward, parents can easily become stressed. Kids can pick up on this and become stressed themselves. By practicing self-care and working to minimize their own stress, parents can ensure that they have the energy to make their children feel safe and loved even when there are major changes occurring.
When parents are making the decision to part ways, it is likely that custody will become an important issue. Michigan divorce attorneys may be able to assist with creating a parenting plan that is in the children's best interests. If one parent needs to move for a job, an attorney may assist with seeking to modify the plan accordingly.