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Helping your child understand child custody arrangements

When navigating the complex process of a divorce, Missouri parents are facing many complicated issues, particularly those involving the children. When walking through this process, it can be beneficial to remember that the children often benefit when parents are committed to working together and disrupting the lives and routines of the children as little as possible. When parents are able, they may even consider working on a child custody agreement that reflects the unique needs of their family. 

Despite the complex issues that may exist between the parents, it is possible for both parties to contribute, working toward the common goal of protecting the best interests of the children. Parents should also strive to be as straightforward as possible with the kids, informing them of what lies ahead in the coming weeks and months. One of the most common concerns voiced by children during a divorce regards where they will live and how often they will spend time with the non-custodial parent.

Children also crave a sense of normality after their worlds are disrupted by a divorce. It can benefit every member of the family when a visitation and custody arrangement provides stability and, eventually, a sense of normality. Missouri parents know that children are resilient and typically adjust to new circumstances over time.

When facing a divorce, a parent may seek the assistance of a lawyer experienced in complex family law matters and child custody. With the right help, a divorce can be an easier process than originally anticipated, saving time, money and stress. A complete case evaluation can determine what legal options are available. 

Source: goodmenproject.com, "10 Most Common Questions Kids Have About Divorce", Benna Strober, April 18, 2016

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