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Focusing on children's needs critical during divorce

How a divorce is handled now will have a long-term impact on how the children of divorce will relate to their parents in the future. For this reason, it is essential to keep the children at the center of a divorce proceeding. A few tips may help with ensuring that the children's needs are met during a divorce proceeding involving child custody matters in the state of Montana.

First, it is important not to argue with a future ex in front of the children or to bash the future ex in the presence of the children. In the same way, it can be helpful to be happy for the children when they share that they enjoyed their time with the other parent. If maintaining neutral communication with an ex is challenging, sticking to text messaging may be expedient.

Next, dealing with difficult feelings is paramount for making the children's adjustment to the new family dynamic easier following divorce. This includes emphasizing to the children that they are safe and loved. If possible, it is best for both of the parents to participate in such a conversation.

One method of addressing child custody issues and other divorce-related disputes in the state of Montana is collaborative divorce. While litigating a divorce in court causes both parties to feel as though they are adversaries, collaborative divorce is a low-conflict and less costly way of resolving issues. Through this method, it is possible to work with the other party to achieve positive outcomes that are mutually satisfactory.

Source:, "7 Secrets For A Child-Centered Divorce", Bari Zell Weinberger, Feb. 24, 2017

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