5 Things to Avoid if Children are Involved in a Divorce

Divorce can be hard on everyone involved, especially the children. Parents should remember the children did not chose nor had a part in deciding. There are certain actions you can avoid taking when children are involved in a divorce to make things as easy as possible. If you are in need of an experienced divorce lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation.


5 Things to Avoid if Children are Involved in a Divorce


Misunderstanding child support

This is money that is strictly meant for your child's essential needs. An agreement needs to set from the beginning and followed by both parties. Amounts should be paid on time and properly, as in no partial payments. When determining the amount, be fair.

Publically advertising that you are getting a divorce

Your divorce doesn't need to be talked about with everyone you know. Keep in mind that word could get to your kid's school and the other children could interact with him or her negatively. The point here is that this matter should be on a need-to-know basis.

Forgetting your children's best interest

Don't lose sight of the people that matter in your life. Do everything you can to make this divorce as stress free as possible on your children, this can include (but is not limited to):

  • Be honest and upfront with them about what is happening, but remember they are children and should not know all the details
  • Offer your emotional support to them
  • Consider offering to take them to a child psychologist if they so choose

Using your children to punish your ex-spouse

This divorce is probably already hard enough on your kid. Don't use them as a tool to punish your spouse by taking more time than agreed upon with them. The parenting plan is set for a reason and joint custody means joint custody.

Speaking ill of your ex-spouse in front of your children

What happens between two ex-spouses is between them and should remain between them. Spiteful words about the ex-spouse should not be vented on to the children in any case.


Need an Experienced Camden County Divorce Attorney to Guide You Through This Difficult Time in Your Life?


Divorce can be one of the most stressful events in the lives of many people, but emotional effects on the children can be very traumatic as well. It's important that during this time of emotional turmoil, critical decisions regarding property division, child support and custody are made with a clear mind.  An experienced divorce attorney can provide the objective guidance you may need to navigate through this difficult time. For a free consultation, give us a call today at 573-346-7231.


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