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Divorce impacts children emotionally; extra support may help


Dealing with a divorce or separation can be very difficult for an adult. For children caught in the middle of a divorce, it may be even more traumatic. A new study suggests ways in which Vancouver parents going through a divorce may be able to better understand their children and help them through a trying time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics published a report on Nov. 28, 2016 outlining ways in which parents can support their children during and after a divorce. A breakup impacts children more than many parents realize and understanding what a child feels can be difficult. The report recommends speaking to a pediatrician about how to help a child cope with divorce.

Children may suffer greatly during a divorce, and can go through a variety of emotions. How they handle it will depend on factors such as age and maturity. While children generally adjust after a few years, there may be lingering effects for much longer. A pediatrician can help parents to understand what their child is feeling, and offer advice on how to help them get through it.

There be many sudden changes in the life of a child whose parents are going through a divorce. By working together, parents can make decisions that are best for their children regarding custody arrangements, visitation and financial support. These will not be easy decisions to make, but they are important to the welfare of the child. A Vancouver-based family law firm may be able to assist with negotiation or mediation, and help finalize a plan that has the best interest of each person involved at heart.



Source: Global News, “Why parents need to contact a pediatrician when going through divorce“, Carmen Chai National, Nov. 28, 2016

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