Parental Planning for Children and Divorce

Parental Planning: Children and Divorce

Divorce can be a very stressful event and can cause a lot of emotional confusion. Family, group or individual therapy can help a child cope with the stress of parental separation and work through the multiple feelings that they themselves experience as a child of divorcing parents. Through communication with a therapist children are given hope and guidance through this difficult time. Children can come to understand that their parents divorce is not by any means their fault and that they are still loved and cared for by both of their parents. Children who have divorced parents and have participated in therapy have a decreased chance of experiencing their own relationship issues.

When a marriage ends and divorce is chosen divorce counseling is available to help couples work towards a peaceful and respectful separation.  When children are involved, their needs are the main focus. Florida statutes require that all parties filing for divorce complete a parenting plan.  A parenting plan is a document created to govern the relationship between the parents relating to the decisions that must be made regarding the children in the relationship.

A child’s education, health care, physical, social, and emotional well-being are to be considered and cared for by both parents through shared time schedules.  The parenting plan shall be developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by the court or, if the parents can not agree, established by the court. It is simply a set plan created in the best interest of the child to ensure that all of their needs are met for health and safety.

Children can easily feel overwhelmed and are very vulnerable during parental seperation or marriage dissolution. This is why a therapist that works with children should have experience with family counseling and be able to provide the trusting, comfortable atmosphere that a child requires to work through their own feelings of anger, sadness or even fear. Dr. Lisa Saponaro specializes in individual, couples and family therapy in South Florida and can help families who are going through or contemplating divorce in South Florida. She has the compassion for children that can help them to heal during this difficult event.

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