Having an amicable divorce, is there really such a thing?

Thanks to the recent split of Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin, news stations and social media have been questioning the reality of amicable divorces. As many Maryland couples who have been down this road before can attest, divorce isn’t easy. Emotions are typically running high and finding common ground and creating a fair settlement often seems far from reach, especially if children are involved.

It is no secret that children are affected by their parents’ divorce. If the situation is tension-filled and seems bitter, children will notice and it can greatly affect their emotional state. There are some things parents can do to help their children through this difficult and often devastating process.

First and foremost, parents who treat each other with respect and keep the fights out of the children’s view will help children feel more secure with their new family dynamic. Creating a safe emotional environment for children to vent frustrations will help both children and parents stay on the same page as feelings are worked through. Last but not least, parents should seek help from professionals or support groups to help work out any issues they may need help with.

While maintaining an amicable divorce for the sake of the children may be easier for some than others, it is possible to work through the process and still have children feel they are secure and loved. Couples in Maryland who have chosen to end their marriage, and who are ready and willing to show a united and strong front for their children, most certainly can reach a settlement that is in the best interest of everyone. At the end of the day, showing mutual respect and kindness can go a long way in helping not only the children accept the family changes, but can also help each spouse move forward in their separate lives.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Is Conscious Uncoupling Actually Possible?“, Susan Stiffelman, April 1, 2014

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