How to explain custody changes to your children

By |2022-04-04T18:51:29+00:0005 Sep 2018|Categories: Family Law|


Entering into a custody agreement with the other parent of your children can be scary for you, the other parent and the children. One of the most important things you can do for your children is to have an open, honest discussion with them about the situation. There will be new living arrangements for everyone to get used to, including swapping weekends and holidays.

Many children will find it frightening that they cannot access both of their parents at any given time when a custody arrangement is in place. This will take quite a long time to get used to for children of any age. This is in large part due to separation anxiety.

When you sit down to talk with your children about changes in custody, you need to answer all of their questions honestly. They might ask some hard questions. If you don’t have the answers for them when asked, you should tell them you will find the answer and let them know.

Try to find out if your child has a friend who went through the divorce process and custody changes. Having someone close to them in age can help them adjust to the changes in their life. They can ask their friend questions and even lean on them for emotional support.

Having a conversation with your children about California child custody and the changes that come with it is important to help your children adjust. This conversation can go a long way in improving their outlook on the situation. Make sure you answer their questions and talk about the situation often.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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