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Massachusetts children may be confused about child custody

For Massachusetts children, the divorce of their parents may be difficult for them to understand. Furthermore, the idea of child custody agreements and what it means for them and their relationships with their parents may be even more confusing. As such, parents may want to ensure that their children understand how divorce was the right choice for the family and how custody agreements will affect them.

First of all, parents may want to explain why divorce was necessary in a way that the children will understand. Children can often pick up on the tension between parents, especially if there are often arguments, and a parent may be able to explain that after divorce, those arguments may not occur as often. Making the connection that divorce could lead to a happier and less stressful environment for everyone may help children see the benefits of separation.

Children may also need assurance that both parents still love them even though the marriage is no longer working. In some cases, this expression may be easier to convey if parents are able to work together and utilize co-parenting techniques. This may mean that custody agreements lead to parents spending almost equal amounts of time with the children and ensuring that their bonds stay strong.

Though divorce may be difficult to explain to children, if parents believe it is the best decision, they may be able to express that notion to their children. If the separation occurs on amiable terms, child custody proceedings may be able to move forward more smoothly as parents work together for the best outcome. For concerned Massachusetts parents, information on these proceedings may help them figure out how to go about making the best custody decisions.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Why My Divorce Was the Best Thing for My Kids", Carin Kilby Clark, Aug. 29, 2014

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