For some California couples, filing for divorce can be an explosive event, especially if there are kids involved. Some parents become wrapped up in the actual process, which can have a negative impact on the kids. However, there are some ways that parents can put the children first during the divorce so that they remain happy and healthy, even as the family dynamic changes.
If the parents are able to go through their divorce peacefully, they may try to continue living under one roof until it is finalized. This can potentially give the children a chance to get used to the idea of a divorce without much changing at first. In some cases, each parent could begin spending weekends away to allow the children to adjust to spending time living with only one parent.
If it is more difficult for the parents to work together, they may benefit from putting temporary custody and child support orders into place. Having a schedule makes it easier for the children to cope with the changes that are taking place. Temporary child support orders also ensure that the children are financially cared for during the actual divorce process.
When it comes to divorce, child custody disputes can be one of the most difficult aspects as the amount of time parents get to see their children become more limited. A family law attorney may assist with negotiating who the children will primarily live with if the parents do not live close together. The attorney may also guide the discussion about the visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent.