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Focusing on child's emotions during child custody talks is wise

During the divorce process in Minnesota, two parents may be most concerned about how their children will cope with their marital breakup. For this reason, child custody can quickly become a bone of contention between them, and unfortunately, this can have an undesirable impact on the children's mental states and emotional well-being. However, they can take steps to protect their children's best interests emotionally once the divorce has been filed.

First, it is a wise move for parents who have gotten divorced to both spend as much time as possible with their children. Doing this is easier if the parents are not more than 20 minutes away from one another. If both parents are actively involved in the children's lives, the children may feel more stable emotionally. In addition, they can easily see both parents and still have time to spend with their friends.

In addition, many divorced parents make the mistake of talking negatively about one another when the children are present. The reality is, this can cause the children to feel less connected to and intimate with both of the parents. In addition, utilizing negative body language toward an ex-spouse can be equally as damaging to the children.

Going through a divorce can be just as hard on the children as it is on the parents. Fortunately, parents can take steps to make it easier for everyone by attempting to resolve their child custody and visitation dispute at the negotiation table or in mediation sessions, rather than going to divorce trial. Still, an attorney in Minnesota can provide the guidance needed to tackle these issues with confidence either outside of the courtroom or at trial, depending on the client's circumstances.

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