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How kids react to divorce and child custody

No two individuals are alike, and each person will have his or her own reactions to significant events within their lives. This is true for Maryland spouses who divorce, and is also true for the children they share. While the end of a marriage and the resulting child custody changes can be difficult for both parents and children, it is important to understand that there are positive outcomes that can be achieved by going through this experience, as well.

For example, many custodial parents will struggle with financial matters after a divorce. Kids will pick up on these difficulties, and will be all-too-aware that the parent is having trouble making ends meet each month. However, they will also be keenly aware of the efforts that their custodial parent is making to keep the family afloat. This translates into heightened respect for the mom or dad who is making sacrifices to ensure that the children have what is needed. As adults, these children will have a deeper understanding for what it took to raise a family on a tight budget.

Another outcome that is associated with divorce is the relief that many children feel when unhappy parents part ways. While the changed family structure may be difficult to adjust to in the beginning, many children report feeling relief once their parents moved on to lives as singles. Often, children get to see their parents let down their guard and return to being happier, more secure individuals once an untenable marriage has ended. This can be a powerful lesson that there is always light at the end of any tunnel, wisdom that children of divorce can use within their own adult lives.

It is undeniable that divorce and child custody changes are difficult adjustments for both parents and children to make. However, looking at these changes from only a negative perspective is a mistake. There are a wide range of lessons that Maryland children can learn from their parents' divorce. Understanding this truth can help parents let go of guilt associated with their decision to divorce and refocus that energy on helping their kids move through the months ahead.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Ways Divorce Affects Kids, According To The Kids Themselves", Brittany Wong, Aug. 28, 2014

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