Children of divorce are sometimes forgotten when emotions and frustrations are running high. These children, however, particularly need support during this difficult time. How a child experiences his or her parents' divorce can leave a lasting impression on the rest of his or her life.
One child has spoken out in a letter to his parents about his feelings during divorce. He pleads for his parents' support and love and reminds them that he is human and that the divorce has a significant impact on his life, as well. He discourages his parents from fighting in front of him and arguing over him, as it makes his heart "break." The child's message leaves a lasting impression that parents must treat their children with increased sensitivity during divorce and ensure that they are always feeling loved.
A child must adapt to more than the emotional struggles of divorce. A divorce often means that the child will experience significant change in his or her life. A child living with both parents may now have to go back and forth between homes or spend a majority of his or her time with only one parent. Absent an agreement between the parents, California courts will decide whether to award sole or joint custody based on the best interests of the child. The Court also may award parenting time to the noncustodial parent in order to preserve the relationship between parent and child.
These child custody determinations by the Court are often the most complex area to navigate during divorce. Parents seeking information and assistance should discuss their circumstances with an experienced legal professional in the state of California who can help them understand their legal options and rights.
Source: FamilyShare, "A child of divorce writes powerful letter to parents," Courtnie Erickson, Nov. 3, 2014