Like every other state, Georgia allows you to get divorced for any reason. However, ending your marriage can have a significant emotional toll on yourself and your children. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to make a divorce easier on your kids.
Stay out of court if possible
Settling a divorce through private talks or with the help of a mediator helps to shield your kids from the nasty side of such a process. This is because your kids don’t need to participate in anything that happens outside of court. However, once the case goes to trial, your children may be asked to testify, which can be extremely traumatic for them. Even if they aren’t asked to testify, a trial is typically a matter of public record, meaning they could learn the details of your case.
Your divorce will include several meetings, gathering of documents, and other tasks that may be time-consuming. However, making time for your kids is critical regardless of how overwhelmed you feel. Taking time to communicate with your children allows them to express their feelings and trust the fact that you will be there for them no matter what happens. It may be worthwhile to go to family therapy sessions in an effort to facilitate a more productive ongoing conversation.
You won’t necessarily be able to show your true feelings while around your kids. In addition, catering to your children can also be a drain on your time, energy and spirit. Therefore, it’s important to take time for self-care so that you can recharge and have the emotional and physical stamina needed to be strong for them.
Your children will likely feel the effects of your divorce for the rest of their lives. However, taking time now to guide them through an uncertain period may help them adjust to their new reality. It may also help to ensure that you have a strong bond with them after the divorce and beyond.