A divorce can be a difficult time for your children. Their parents are splitting up, and they will begin to navigate situations they have never navigated before. As a parent, one of your duties is to protect your child while still protecting yourself in a divorce. Protecting your child can be overwhelming, but with the two goals of putting your child’s best interests first and limiting your courtroom battles with your spouse, you can focus on ensuring your children feel safe and secure in this tumultuous time.
Putting Your Child’s Best Interests First
It may feel like you need to put your own best interests first, but as a parent, your child’s best interests should be your number one priority. By forming decisions based on what would benefit you and your child, you set yourself up for a post-divorce life where your child can thrive under your care and supervision. These decisions may also make your child feel more secure during your divorce, as they can see that their parents are looking out for them and making sure they will be safe, happy, and healthy.
Limiting Courtroom Battles
Even if you feel like your children will not notice, they will pick up if you are in a courtroom battle with your spouse. This might make the children uncomfortable, as they may feel that if their parents cannot agree on important matters, they could end up being put in the middle of future disagreements.
To minimize courtroom battles and make your divorce as smooth as possible for your children, mediation with your spouse is a great option where you can work collaboratively to create agreements on as many items as possible. If that is not an option or does not work for all matters, you may try arbitration where a private judge will organize and make decisions for you and your spouse. Arbitration is an excellent alternative to litigation, which may include your children and cause unwanted stress. If arbitration does fail, there is the option of litigation; however, it should be kept to as few terms as possible to help expedite the litigation process and preserve your child’s mental welfare.
Call The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L. at (954) 626-8071 today to discuss how to protect your child during your divorce.