When you find yourself going through a divorce, you are busy dealing with your emotional well-being. However, it’s also imperative not to overlook your children’s emotional well-being, no matter their age.
When you choose to utilize the collaborative divorce process, you and your spouse will have a child mental health specialist available to you who is versed in helping with the mental health issues that may arise with children of all ages, including adult children. This divorce process values the family unit long after the divorce has been finalized.
When we work with our clients in dealing with their children’s anxieties, these are the things we often share with them that can help their children through the anxiety of divorce:
- Drawing, coloring or journaling can help express feelings in a way words can’t
- Working with your spouse, not against them with co-parenting
- Refraining from disparaging your spouse to your children
- Divorce coaches can help both of you learn how to communicate better with each other and your children
- If your child shows signs of self-harm, dangerous behaviors or suicidal thoughts – get help NOW! Don’t wait or dismiss these cries for help!
- Watch for changes in your child’s behavior patterns, improved or deteriorating grades, sleep patterns, eating patterns, acting out at school.
It is so very important, no matter how hard for you, to acknowledge your children’s feelings – they are very real, no matter how irrational they may seem to you.
Our team of experts can help your children work through and process the anxieties and worries divorce often brings.
Collaborative Practice of San Diego is a nonprofit, multi-disciplinary referral network of independent professionals of attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors working together to learn, practice, and promote collaborative processes for problem-solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues in regard to co-parenting, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial assets of the family.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you through your divorce and keep the family unit intact while valuing each person’s emotional wellbeing.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or medical advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, medical or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.