Divorce is an extremely difficult thing for a family to experience. No one walks down the aisle on their wedding day, thinking, “In 10 years, we will be getting a divorce.” For many parents, navigating how to remain co-parents during this process is tricky, as is putting aside their own hurt and pain to keep their children out of the middle and out of the grownup decision-making. Kids may feel a sense of abandonment and rejection and even have difficulties in their own future relationships if their parents can’t learn how to have a healthy relationship after a divorce. It’s true that divorce will never be easy, but there are things that parents can do to minimize the damage and help their children become thriving, healthy individuals despite the pain they experienced.
In the case of abuse and domestic violence, however, co-parenting may not be in you or your child’s best interest. For more help on this topic, please seek out professional help and support. A website that can be helpful is The National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/
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