Divorce can dramatically affect couples emotionally and financially. Unfortunately, the children can sometimes get lost in the shuffle – especially when emotions are running high between spouses. To bring light to the effects of divorce on children, and because the rate of divorce is highest between the months of January and March, January has been dubbed International Child-Centered Divorce (ICCD) Month.
Started by Rosalind Sedecca, a divorce and parenting coach and the founder of Child-Centered Divorce Network, the month-long event is meant to provide information to parents on how to protect their children’s well-being and co-parent effectively during and after divorce.
“Our purpose is education and mistake prevention,” Sedecca explained. “We want to encourage respectful co-parenting, teach effective communication skills, and guide parents away from litigation and toward cooperative, mediated solutions whenever possible.”
According to Sedecca, how parents approach the divorce determines how much of an effect it will have on their children. By learning which mistakes to avoid and how to successfully support their children during this difficult time, parents can save their children considerable emotional pain, guilt, and confusion.
A variety of divorce professionals participating in ICCD Month this year – including family lawyers, mediators, therapists, financial analysts, divorce coaches, and more. Parents who were considering divorce, going through the process, or already divorced had the opportunity to access material provided by these experts – including ebooks, coaching services, teleseminars, and videos – at www.divorcedparentsupport.com.
Having experienced her own divorce and remarriage, Sedacca understands the struggle both parents and children go through during this transition.
“Parental decisions about divorce can affect and scar children – for years, and often for a lifetime,” Sedacca said. “We want to tell divorcing parents: regardless of your own emotional state, it is essential to put your children’s needs first when making decisions related to divorce or separation!”
Divorce Magazine is a proud sponsor of ICCD Month.
“We have been supporting this initiative for four years now because it is aligned with our mission to have divorce be peaceful and transformative,” said Martha Chan, co-owner of Divorce Magazine. “When children are involved, divorce can get even more complicated. ICCD Month reminds and helps parents to bring the focus back on the children.”
The Child-Centered Divorce Network does not only provide advice and resources in January; parents are invited to visit the organization’s website throughout the year to access articles, coaching services, resources, and more.