The impact of amicable divorce on children

When a couple with children divorces in Utah, there are many considerations to make, including child support and custody arrangements. Many couples choose collaborative divorce and other more amicable ways to separate to reduce the impact on their children. According to Psychology Today, the changes that divorce creates for children has the potential to lead to long-term impacts on the child. 

The changes affect children differently based on their age. Adolescents tend to react aggressively, which might lead to rebellious actions. For young children, divorce leads to anxiety and uncertainty, due to the new instability of separated parents and shared custody arrangements. This might lead to regressive responses in young children, such as bed-wetting, tantrums, whining and other issues.

To reduce these negative impacts of divorce, parents can take actions. Working together to create routines that reestablish a sense of order for the family plays a big role. Children also need reassurance about the care parents are taking to continue a loving family arrangement. Divorcing parents of adolescents can help support the adolescent by providing increased responsibility to provide a healthier role for their wish for independence.

According to PsychCentral, amicable divorces create specific problems for children. Children often attempt to bring parents back together, and might even resort to threats to make it happen. They might also come up with their own reasons for the divorce, which might make one party at fault or even themselves. Sometimes, it is easier for children to understand why parents separate when there is a more obvious reason behind it, such as significant fighting or tension. Continuing to work together to assure the children and demonstrate love is the best way to work through the divorce. Ultimately, an amicable divorce is better for the children.   

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