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With child custody, putting children first is crucial

The dissolution of a marriage is one of the most challenging experiences a family can have. However, sometimes divorce cannot be avoided. A couple of tips may help New York parents to help their children while navigating potentially sticky issues such as child custody.

First, listening and being patient is critical. Parents may be wise to step back and give the children space and time to process their emotions. During this time, the parents can simply observe their children's behaviors and listen to what they have to share. Then, the parents can reassure the children that they are loved and can talk to their parents anytime about how they feel.

Second, creating an environment that is predicable for the children during divorce proceedings is imperative. This includes providing a routine on which the children can rely so that they experience a sense of stability during an otherwise rocky period. For this to work, the parents may need to reach an agreement on routines and rules for the children so that there is consistency between the two households.

When it comes to tackling child custody in New York, the best situation is for the parents to be able to find common ground and develop a parenting plan that reflects both of their wishes. This can help the family to avoid further court intrusion, thus making the divorce process more amicable than what it would be with traditional divorce litigation. An attorney can help to make sure that one's rights are protected and that the best interests of the children are upheld during the divorce proceeding.

Source: citizen-times.com, "When parents separate: A survival guide for families", Emily Eileen Carter, Jan. 29, 2018

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