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The importance of keeping promises to the kids when divorcing

Divorce can be a very tumultuous and emotionally exhausting experience for a family. It can especially be so for the kids. How well a child is able to cope with the changes and emotional challenges that come out of their parents' divorce can be heavily influenced by the actions of their parents. 

Thus, it is very important for parents to not be careless when it comes to their behavior towards and around their kids when getting divorced. Parents should give careful thought to their interactions with their kids and what they can do in their actions to try to help their kids during this difficult time.

Among the things it is very important for divorcing parents to exercise great care with when it comes to the kids are promises to the kids. Broken promises could cause the kids to lose trust in their parents at a time when they really need people they can depend on. Broken promises could also lead to the children experiencing additional emotional hurt at a time that is already very emotionally difficult for them.

Thus, it is vital for divorcing parents to take care to not make promises to their kids that they likely will not be able to keep and to do everything in their power to keep the promises they do make to their kids. This is particularly the case for promises involving spending time with kids, as quality time with parents can be such an essential thing for children.

One thing that could perhaps get in the way of a divorcing parent being able to keep promises to their kids regarding spending time with them are disputes between them and their ex over the specifics of splitting time with the kids after having established a custody and visitation arrangement.

Misaligned expectations and a lack of mutually understood guidelines are among the things that can cause such disputes to arise. Thus, clarity and comprehensiveness can be incredibly important when it comes to child custody and visitation arrangements. Family law attorneys can help divorcing individuals understand what sorts of things in child custody and visitation arrangements can help with reducing the possibility of future disruptive conflicts.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How Parents' Behavior Affects Children During a Divorce," Peter L. Stavinoha, Sept. 15, 2015

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