When a married couple decides to separate and file for a divorce, it’s a complicated and stressful time for both parties. As a solicitor firm that specialises in family law, we understand how difficult it is to go through the stages of a divorce, especially if children are involved. Both parents need to accept that their children will be impacted in the process. While there is no such thing as an easy divorce for children, a smooth transition is possible. In this article, we discuss some essential tips for navigating a divorce with children. 

Have Open Conversations

As a parent, your natural instinct is to protect your children. Many ex-partners decide to break the news to their children once the divorce is finalised to protect their feelings. There is no right way to do this as every family is different, but it can help to have open and honest conversations with both parents present. No matter how both ex-partners feel about each other, it’s important to show a calm and united approach during these conversations. The first conversation is often the most difficult, therefore parents need to reassure their children that they are loved and they are not to blame for the divorce. 

Apply For A Child Arrangement Order 

Children will want both parents to stay involved in their lives. For that to happen, changes need to happen and agreements need to be made. However, these sudden changes can be upsetting for children. Parents will need to walk them through it, acknowledge their emotions and provide a sense of stability. 

Ex-partners will need to sit down and create private arrangements. Otherwise, they may wish to enter a legal agreement called a Child Arrangement Order which outlines details of the children’s schedules, school runs, living arrangements and so on. For more legal information on Child Arrangement Orders, please feel free to read our dedicated article. A Child Arrangement Order can help solve disputes between ex-partners. 

Seek Professional Help

During a divorce, it is also important for ex-partners to take care of themselves, as well as their children. Surround yourself with family members and friends to act as your support system and help you navigate through the lowest points. If the divorce process is affecting your mental health or overall well-being, consider seeking professional help by speaking to a family therapist or counsellor. By prioritising yourself, you will begin to heal and be better equipped to support your children. 

Speak With Our Family Solicitors

At Beeston Shenton Solicitors, we are a family-focused law firm serving the Staffordshire and South Cheshire regions. Our family solicitors are experts in all areas of family law and understand the complexities and sensitivities of a divorce. We can provide you with legal guidance and support through each stage. If you’d like more legal advice or wish to draw up a Child Arrangement Order, please speak to one of our family solicitors today. Call us directly on 01782 662424 or send an email to info@beestonshenton.co.uk and we will be in touch.