Divorce can be tough on children. After all, many marriage dissolutions turn into disputes about where children are going to live and who will make important life decisions for those children. Although these discussions sometimes occur behind closed doors, in other cases parents are unable to keep their emotions away from their children. This can have a tremendous impact on a child’s emotional well-being for a significant time.
Unfortunately, it’s not just parents who often put children in the middle of divorce disputes. Oftentimes extended family members discuss a divorce case with children, which can pit those children against one of their parents. For example, a paternal uncle may talk about the child’s mother’s substance abuse or promiscuity as a way to turn that child against his or her mother. Likewise, a maternal aunt may paint a child’s father as an abusive individual who poses a threat to the children’s well-being in hopes of turning that child against his father. The potential scenarios are nearly endless.
Discussing these matters in front of children typically has no benefits. It can ruin relationships for a long time to come, and they can cause children to display aggressive behaviors in school, which may also cause their grades to suffer. This is why it is often wise for those seeking divorce to consider carefully negotiating child custody and co-parenting arrangements. By doing so, parents can best ensure that they are coming to an agreement on an arrangement that furthers their children’s best interest.
Of course, what constitutes as being in a child’s best interest is up for debate. For this reason, Floridians facing child custody and co-parenting disputes should think about acquiring the assistance of a skilled legal advocate who can help them turn their thoughts and feelings on the matter into compelling legal arguments.