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Connecticut family law: Telling kids about shared custody plans

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2017 | Family Law |

The more children know about what is going to happen to them after their parents split up, the better they are likely to handle the situation. Even in the most difficult circumstances, letting kids know about custody plans will help them to move forward as their living situations change. These kinds of custody legalities in Connecticut are under the family law umbrella.

Shared custody is gaining popularity in the United States. Such a set-up seems to have the best interests of children at heart. Even if former spouses aren’t on the greatest of terms, agreeing to share custody of their children may be a positive in an otherwise tenuous situation.  Certainly, if a divorcing couple can’t be in the same room with each other, they can talk to their children individually, letting their kids know that even though there will be a change in the family dynamic, that they are still loved and wanted by each parent. 

Children are adaptable, but it may be best to start the conversation about what will remain constant in their lives after divorce. Reminding them of the parts of their lives that won’t change — like school, their friends and daily activities — will give them comfort and will be easier for them to digest what changes will be coming, like how much time they will be spending with each parent and when. Parenting experts recommend parents give children time to process all the information and let them ask questions.

Divorce is difficult, not only on the couple, but on the rest of their family. Enlisting the help of a Connecticut lawyer experienced in family law may help ease the stress of the situation. An attorney will likely be able to put clients in touch with others who may be able to help, like family counsellors. A compassionate attorney will answer all his or her clients’ questions regarding the divorce process in the state.



Source: parents.com, “How to Explain Shared Custody to Kids“, Kate Bayless, Accessed on Sept. 22, 2017