Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process. When children are involved,
it can become even more challenging. By making your children a priority,
understanding your legal rights, and taking everything one step at a time,
you can make the divorce process much easier for both yourself and your
children. Additionally, you can put yourself in a position to better protect
your interests and arrive at an outcome that works for you.
Talk to Your Kids - One of the most important things you can do when considering divorce
or beginning the process is to talk to your children openly and honestly.
Experts recommend that parents filing for divorce remind their children
that divorce is not a bad thing and that it is not their fault. You don't
have to provide all details, but you can explain what will happen, where
things may lead, and how you will be there to support them.
Watch What You Say - Children, especially younger kids, are like sponges; they absorb nearly
everything they hear. As such, it's best to watch what you say about
your spouse or the divorce in front of your kids. Some may have a tendency
to bad-mouth a spouse or try to influence kids, but this should be avoided
in front of children.
Understand Custody - You can take it upon yourself to find the information you need for the
process ahead. Depending on your unique circumstances,
child custody may be an amicable agreement or a contested issue. Whether you are pursuing
sole or joint custody, be aware of your rights and how the situation will
impact your children. Courts will always consider the best interests of
a child when determining custody.
Know Your Rights - Understanding your rights and how to assert them will benefit you in
the long-run. This applies not only to the basic matters of divorce, including
property division and
spousal support, but also to your rights when it comes to child support and visitation plans.
Consult an Attorney - One of the best things you can do to protect your rights and interests
is to consult with an experienced
family law attorney. By working with a lawyer, you can learn more about your unique rights
as they relate to your specific case. An attorney can also help you prepare
for and navigate the process ahead, dealing with all related matters -
including those involving your children.
At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, we understand that our clients are
deeply concerned about their children and how their divorce will impact
their lives. This is why we take the time to work personally and closely
with our clients, and to answer and address any questions or concerns
they may have.
If you have questions about filing for divorce with children, our San Bernardino
divorce lawyers are available to provide a FREE and confidential case review.
Contact our firm today to start your FREE consultation!