One of the main concerns for Mississippi parents when they decide to end their marriage is how this choice will impact their children. Divorce will affect children no matter their age, but there are things parents can do that will minimize disruption in their lives and provide a sense of continuity of lifestyle. The right way to do this depends on the age of the kids, as well as their needs and preferences.
Many parents mistakenly assume that their kids are too young to remember things, minimizing the likelihood that a small child will remember a divorce. Toddlers and babies may not remember specific details, but they can certainly experience long-term trauma from a divorce. Kids who are preschool and elementary age may need support and counseling, but they are likely to adapt to their new post-divorce normal with time and help.
Elementary kids, as well as older kids, may have negative feelings about a divorce. They may benefit from having parents who are amicable and willing to work together to answer their kids’ questions, help them understand what is happening and provide the support they need. With teens, they may benefit from additional communication with their parents and having the opportunity to discuss their concerns and choose where they want to live.
Divorce is hard on every member of a Mississippi family, but it can be especially hard on the kids. A parent will want to provide as much stability and security as possible by creating a custody plan that is reasonable and practical, both now and in the future. It may help to work with an experienced family law attorney when making these important and impactful decisions.