All too often, parties use their children as pawns in a divorce case. In the long run, it’s only going to do damage. Unless you’re just dealing with infants, kids are pretty intelligent. They’re sponges that hear things, see things, and pick up vibes from their parents. So when it comes to helping your children through the divorce process, it’s best to keep your children out of anything that doesn’t directly concern them.
How can parents help their children though the divorce process?
It can be hard to help your children through the divorce process. You’ve got to insulate the kids as much as possible from the issues in a divorce. When you’re talking to your kids, you have to be honest with them in an age-appropriate manner. There needs to be a basic discussion about mom and dad getting divorced, about there being two houses, and about a schedule. Both parties need to be aware of how their children are responding to the divorce process. To the extent necessary, they need to make sure they have counselors or other professionals available if the kids need to have a third party to talk to about the process.
Brian Loughmiller is a partner at the McKinney, Texas law firm of Loughmiller Higgins. Serving family law clients throughout North Texas and the DFW Metroplex area, Brian and his partner, Eric Higgins, have 47 years of combined trial experience. One of the top family lawyers in the state, Brian has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2005.
Eric Higgins is a family attorney serving residents of North Texas and the DFW Metroplex area who have family law concerns and divorce issues. Eric and his partner, Brian Loughmiller, have over 47 years of combined trial experience, which provides their firm with the experience necessary to guide divorcing clients through what can otherwise be a challenging and confusing process.