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How do I help my kids during my divorce?

The start of a new calendar year often heralds a time of many positive changes for people in Illinois. If this year for you has brought a divorce, your new year is clearly off to a different start yet it can still be positive. If you have children, you will be interested in learning ways that you can support them emotionally as they go through this transition so that they too can start and end this year positively.

As HealthyChildren.org explains, what your children will need in order to not justĀ survive your divorce but to thrive during and after it will vary based upon their states of development, ages and even their individual personalities. That said, there are some basic parameters you can keep in mind to guide you regardless of how many kids you have or what their individual levels of understanding are about your divorce. One of these is showing them that it is not only okay but even helpful to seek help during tough times. Allow them to talk and process emotions and teach them how to do this.

You should also work hard to be positive about their other parent so as to reinforce this special bond for their benefit. Minimizing conflict in your home and with your former spouse will also be an important way of easing your kids through this time.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to offer Illinois parents going through a divorce to focus on ways they can help their children during this transition.

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