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The importance of parental presence following a divorce

| Jun 16, 2020 | Child Custody |

Children in divorced families may be at higher risk of mental health problems due to a parental split. While a divorce can be the best option, it is up to the parents to maintain a stable environment for their children. 

Your presence in your child’s life may be the difference between future psychological problems and a healthy, happy child. 

Your child’s mental health depends on you 

Children are resilient, but that does not mean that they are not in pain or that they do not worry about their future with their parents. Children of divorced parents have an increased risk for adjustment problems, disruptive behaviors and academic issues. 

According to the Journal of the World Psychiatric Association, high conflict divorce and instability at home can impact a child’s mental health. It is in your child’s best interests for you to deescalate conflict and to remain a presence in your child’s life. Many parents use the help of a mediator to help resolve disputes. 

You can still balance your career 

You are a crucial element in your child’s life. While you have every right to your career, you must put your child first. Forbes suggests that you try to negotiate child custody around times that you can spend with your child. If you cannot be home to help with homework after school, then you may want to choose another time that works best for you. You want to maximize your time with your child. Never ask for more time than you can give. Your child may lose trust in you if you cannot keep your promises.