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Positive child custody actions can help Massachusetts kids

After a divorce, Massachusetts children can often feel at a loss of how to now interact with their parents on separate levels. Child custody proceedings can take their toll, and if parents do not assist children as they attempt to deal with the transitions, the situation can become even more stressful. Therefore, it is important for parents, especially those who may be considered noncustodial, to continue to express positive feelings toward their children.

Parents should continue to show the proper amount of affection toward their children after a divorce. Small gestures such as hugs can remind children that they are still loved by both parents, though they may not see them as often as they did before. If a child does not receive affection from a parent, it can lead to the child feeling unloved or as if they are no longer an important part of their parent's life.

Reminding children that they are important can also have a significant impact. While affectionate gestures can make a difference, children can also thrive from positive words from their parents. Offering praise for good deeds and personality traits can relay to a child that a parent cares about them and how they behave.

Child custody issues can be difficult for all parties involved. Though a parent may not be fully satisfied with an outcome, it is important that the children are not negatively affected. If a parent does feel that the arrangements are not benefiting the children, they may wish to look into Massachusetts state laws to determine whether they may be able to modify custody agreements or take other action to benefit the children.

Source:, 5 Ways Dads Can Bond With Their Children After Divorce, Linda Jacobs, March 12, 2014

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