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A child custody order impacts a kid's mental health

Missouri parents know that child custody will have a far-reaching impact on a child's life. Research indicates that divorce can affect a child's mental health and well-being, making it important to shield a child from conflict and stressful situations as much as possible. With the right effort, a new child custody arrangement does not have to be the source of undue stress or anxiety of the kids.

As expected, children may face emotional difficulty when their parents divorce. Even when one of the parents moves out, studies show that these symptoms begin to subside as everyone adjusts to new living arrangements. However, parents should be extra vigilant to ensure that a child custody arrangement does not have a long-term psychological impact. Children may need therapy or other forms of support during this time of transition.

Experts agree that, when possible, it is best for children to maintain a close relationship with both parents after divorce. This may ease the stress of suddenly living without one parent and may lessen some of the signs of mental stress, which can include anger, sullenness and depression. When working on a child custody agreement, Missouri parents should be careful to consider the impact that a decision will have on a child.

Divorce is not easy on the kids, but parents can ease the pain of this difficult process. Focusing on the needs and interests of the kids can motivate parents to resolve child custody disputes in a practical, expedient manner in order to spare the children more upheaval. It is possible to protect one's parental rights while still advocating for the best future for the children.

Source: health.usnews.com, "Minding the Kids in Divorce: Minimizing the Mental Health Impact", Michael O. Schroeder, Jan. 19, 2016

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