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Parenting after divorce: what is best for the kids

One of the unfortunate consequences of divorce is the emotional toll that it can have on the children. Divorce may not be easy, but New York parents can make the effort to smooth this transition for all parties and provide stability for the children during a difficult time. One of the primary ways to accomplish this is by pursuing a custody arrangement that both protects the interests of the children and the rights of the parents. 

Parents should strive to provide a stable environment during the upheaval of a divorce. This can be done with the assistance of a therapist or counselor to whom the kids can confide and express their feelings. Children face a lot of change during the divorce process, and counseling can be a way to care for their mental and emotional health during this process. 

Although it can be difficult, children will benefit if their parents display mutual respect and a willingness to cooperate. Even when ex-spouses do not get along, it is important to remember that it is in the best interests of the children to maintain a strong relationship with both parents. This is easier when parents refrain from saying negative things about each other in the presence of the children. During the divorce, parents can employ mediation or other methods as a way to resolve their disputes efficiently.

A custody arrangement can include visitation details such as drop-off locations and procedures. When New York parents know what to expect and clearly understand their roles, it may help avoid confrontation and disagreements after the divorce is over. Any custody arrangement should be made with the needs, comfort and best interests of the children as the primary goal. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "The 18 Best Things You Can Do For Your Kids After Divorce", Brittany Wong, Feb. 17, 2015

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