On behalf of Stephen Bedor of Law Office of Stephen J. Bedor posted in child custody on Monday, August 27, 2018. 

Divorces can hurt families in many ways other than just separating two parents. For children, the situation may feel like the end of all they've ever known. Teens may struggle to adjust to the changes they're going through with their parents while maintaining control over their own lives.

The good news is that parents can do things to reduce their children's struggles during divorce. From talking about the divorce to keeping children together, there are ways to reduce stress and maintain the family unit as much as possible.

1. Make the best choice about whether to keep the kids together

There are many times when keeping the kids apart is good. However, there may be situations when keeping them together is preferable. For instance, if a teen goes to school near the father's home, but that teen's sibling is only a baby, the mother may want to keep the baby at her home the majority of the time and allow the teen to live close to school for the sake of activities and easy access to events.

Of course, a custody arrangement that involves keeping the children together allows them to bond and become closer. As parents, you need to decide which is best and do what's necessary to help your children adjust.

2. Avoiding arguments

No matter how old your kids are, they don't want to hear arguments between their parents. Help them adjust by keeping animosity out of your home.

3. Contact, contact, contact

Finally, remember to maintain as much contact as possible with your children and the other parent. Communication is key to keeping your children's best interests at the forefront of your decisions during divorce.

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