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January is International Child-Centered Divorce Month

by Norris Law Group on January 15, 2014

January is International Child-Centered Divorce Month, according to Kathy Morelli, LPC, a Licensed Professional Counselor based in New Jersey. She writes on Examiner.com that January was chosen because more divorces are filed for in January than any other month, and to spotlight how divorce can affect children.

Morelli writes that even adults say that divorce is far more painful than they thought it would be, which can make developing a co-parenting relationship with an ex very difficult. Co-parenting can involve a very steep learning curve, as well as a conscious, concerted effort to put adult egos aside and attend to children’s emotional needs first.

Morelli offers the following suggestions to help you and your ex successfully navigate a “child-centered” divorce:

  • Don’t put children in the middle of adult situations. Using your children as “pawns” in adult conflicts hurts the children far more than it may hurt your ex-spouse.
  • Take co-parenting seriously, and establish a workable co-parenting relationship with definite emotional and physical boundaries.
  • Don’t interfere with your child’s activity schedule because their event falls on your visitation day or you don’t want to take your child there. Such behavior is simply selfish. Work out schedules ahead of time.
  • Think about how it felt to be in your childhood home. Was it warm and loving, or emotionally cold and distant? Could you be recreating these feelings in your adult home?

According to PRWeb, January was designated as “International Child-Centered Divorce Month” by Rosalind Sedacca, a Divorce & Parenting Coach and founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network. On her website, Sedacca offers free resources for parents who want to do all they can to help their children throughout the divorce process and beyond.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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