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How to successfully raise children after a divorce

Every parent in Arizona wants their children to thrive. However, a divorce can really throw a wrench into the system. As the parents try to raise their children between two separate households, many issues could arise. Here are a few things parents can do to successfully raise their kids after a divorce.

Children of divorce often feel a conflict as far as their loyalty is concerned. That's why each parent should be fully supportive of the child's relationship with the other parent.

When children are young, like under the age of 10, it is important to constantly reassure them that they are loved. Instead of trying to gain their loyalty, it is better to remind them that each co-parent loves them. It is important to show enthusiasm when the parenting schedule changes, no matter how difficult it is to put aside differences with an ex-spouse. Promoting a positive bond with each parent will help children feel secure.

As the children become teenagers, they are going to need more space. Parents should understand that it's important for teens to enjoy time with friends. It might be a good idea to plan activities that include their teenager's friends. Older kids may also need more flexibility in their schedules for school, extracurricular activities and even jobs.

Being polite and cooperative can help co-parents be successful. However, there are times when an ex-spouse consistently does not follow through with agreements. In this situation, one may want to speak with an attorney about a child custody modification. Legal counsel could examine the situation and let a parent know what their options are regarding visitation rights or seeking sole custody of the kids.

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