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Family law: Helping children process major life changes

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2019 | Family Law |

There is nothing more important to parents than the well-being of their children. Family law in Connecticut looks to put children’s best interests first and that means parents need to see to their kids’ overall well-being, which includes their emotional health. Some children have difficulty processing monumental changes in their lives and that could include the divorce of their parents, death of a loved one or a major move. It’s important that parents allow their children to have a voice to process these changes. 

There are a number of things parents can do to help their kids and one of the most crucial is communicating with them. Announcing major life changes by having a family meeting in a situation where a child feels safe to make his or her feelings known may be the first thing to do. Letting kids express their emotions in whatever manner they feel most comfortable with, is a wise idea. It’s necessary for children to know they won’t be ostracized for their feelings. 

Parents might find that their children need more attention when they’re going through major changes, so making time to ask a child how he or she is feeling will help make any transitions easier. Although it is necessary to allow children to express their feelings, gentle limits, experts suggest, should be set. Children are perceptive and will take cues from parents who also nurture themselves.

Connecticut parents have a number of family law tools available to them to help their children — especially when changes involve a divorce situation. A lawyer is a good source of information for a client looking for help with a child and how the law looks on various situations. A lawyer may be able to help with child custody and/or support issues bearing in mind the best interests of the children.