In the midst of a divorce, most parents worry more about the wellbeing of their children than any other issue. Parents in Georgia are often concerned about the impact divorce will have on their children, especially if the other parent is being difficult and combative.

There’s no doubt that children will be impacted by their parents’ divorce. Their lives will change, and it’s impossible to completely mitigate the effects of divorce for children. However, there are steps parents can take to ensure their children not only survive but thrive during this period. The most important step parents can take is to focus on their relationship with their children and not try to control or excessively worry over the other parent’s actions. The rules may be different at each house. Children are adaptable and will adjust to different expectations in different environments. Talking negatively about the other parent in front of the children will be harmful, though. Venting to friends is appropriate, but remain polite and respectful when talking to or about the other parent in front of the children.

It’s also important to stay in close contact with children. Keeping open communication channels with the kids will give them the comfort and security of knowing they can discuss whatever is on their mind, whether it’s problems at school, with friends, or with the other parent. They need to know that they can communicate their feelings without being judged.

There are many complex issues to navigate during a divorce with minor children. Child custody, support, and visitation agreements will impact the wellbeing of children for years to come. It can be tempting to rush the process simply to bring an end to a difficult and often conflicting time. A lawyer with experience in family law matters may be able to help divorcing parents negotiate a settlement that will be in the best interest of everyone, especially the children.