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Divorce decisions must include parenting issues

On just about any given day, couples in Louisiana decide to marry and some decide to divorce. Both of these decisions bring with them a number of other decisions that must be made. Some of these decisions include where to live and, if children are involved, parenting issues.

Research indicates that each year over one million children are affected by divorce. Many of these children will have trouble adjusting to their new situation in the first year. This trouble often presents itself in forms of anxiety or difficulty at school. Fortunately, research also indicates that after this adjustment period of two or three years, these difficulties will generally be resolved.

Perhaps one of the greatest factors in how children relate to divorce lies with their parents. If one or both of the parents exhibit emotional behavior, uncertainty and fear, the children will pick up on it. For this reason, it is best if the parents are able to manage their own emotions so that they are able to offer support and guidance to their children.

Holidays and special events are often stressful times for children who are going through or have just been through a divorce. They may feel as if Christmas or their birthday party is just not the same. However, by reassuring the children that they are still loved by both parents, the stress can be reduced.

A Louisiana divorce brings with it many parenting issues. While the parents are the ones getting divorced, many times, children are filled with uncertainty. By reassuring the children of their love and keeping routines as normal as possible, parents are able to make this process as easy as possible for the children.

Source: livescience.com, "How to Talk to Kids About Divorce", Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Nov. 28, 2016

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