Looking out for best interests of the child in Virginia divorce


It is a commonly held belief that no two people enter into a marriage hoping for it to fail. Certainly, no Virginia couple would want their divorce to interfere with or otherwise hurt their children. Thankfully, legal observers say there are several ways separating parents can look out for the best interests of the child involved in the divorce process.

Seeking out alternatives to a court date is a good place to start. Divorce mediation, as opposed to litigation, can sometimes help to ease tensions and keep old fights from boiling up again. Additionally, it can help to smooth the transition for children from a one-household life to a two-household life moving forward.

Insulating children from the drama and pain associated with a divorce can also help them move through the process in a positive way. Limiting negative stimulus during time spent with children and focusing on the positive aspects of their new living arrangements can be very beneficial. In some cases, couples and children alike may benefit from therapy to help talk through individual feelings about the divorce and how it affects each member of the family.

The best interests of the child are of paramount importance to most Virginia parents, even those experiencing a divorce. Helping children through this challenging transition can be vital in building and maintaining positive parental relationships once the separation is finalized. No one wants their children to suffer needlessly, so following these steps may be helpful in avoiding hurt on the part of the most vulnerable members of a family.

Source: The Huffington Post, 5 Ways to Protect Children During Divorce, Deborah Anderson Bialis, Nov. 25, 2013

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