Children of any age, especially those between the ages of six and eight, need to be able to love, cherish and honor both parents. And, they should never be made to feel any shame or guilt or feel like they are hurting the other parent by doing so. Ventura divorce attorneys can explain that bad-mouthing the other parent or letting them in on the dirty details of arguments can damage the child.
You need the child to feel okay getting emotionally attached to other parent even if you feel it is unjustified. You need to remember that divorce is a traumatic experience for children; expect them to experience grief and sadness and expect them to be very emotional when the other parent leaves. Every child hopes that their parents will eventually get back together again. As much conflict and information related to the divorce as possible need to be kept from the children. If not, the child could start lying, misbehaving in school and playing sick to avoid school as a way to deal with their bad feelings about the broken family. Parents should notify school of their divorce.
Developing a Parenting Plan
Young school age children are at the point in their lives where they are making friends and feeling more independent at school. Ventura divorce attorneys can explain parenting plans must consider that their children are transitioning. School can help with transitions between both parents’ homes. At this point, children will likely be with one of the parents for up to five days at a time depending how well they are adjusting. Despite who the children are staying with the majority of the time, both parents need to be involved with schools and activities. Both parents should try to be consistent and predictable for their children. It is a good idea to call therapist if there is a lot of conflict related to the divorce.
Contact Ventura Divorce Attorneys for Assistance
The children must be considered when the parenting plan is being developed. If you marriage has broken up and you need legal advice, Ventura divorce lawyers can help. Call Gary Mitchell at 888-452-1846.