Child custody disputes are some of the most sensitive and difficult legal matters most families will ever face. Such cases can take a particularly heavy toll on the children involved, which is why it is crucial for parents to cooperate as much as possible.
Understandably, both parents likely want custodial guardianship of their children, but when both parties become unwilling to compromise on an arrangement, the situation can get heated, ultimately impacting the children.
How it Affects Your Children
A contentious child custody battle can have severe and lasting effects on children.
Below are some of the common ways in which this dispute can impact your children:
- If you are in the middle of a nasty child custody battle, your children may hear the two of you speaking negatively about each other. These arguments can confuse your children and increase their stress and anxiety, especially if they feel pressured to take a side.
- Your children may also be overwhelmed with sadness caused by the profound changes in their lives. It is crucial for parents to help their kids learn how to cope with the situation in a healthy manner. Therapy can help children address depression and any other issues caused by divorce.
- Family life can play an essential part in a child’s view of the world. If your child custody dispute is less than civil and your children are exposed to it, it can give them a negative or pessimistic view of the world.
- Lastly, one of the biggest impacts a child custody battle can have on your children is a lack of stability. Your children may not feel as safe as they once did and their daily routine may have even been completely altered or interrupted.
Divorce and child custody disputes are never fun for anyone. However, you can minimize the impact it will have on your children by making an effort to cooperate with your co-parent to make the process go smoothly.
Schedule a Consultation with a Compassionate Child Custody Attorney Today!
If you are involved in a difficult child custody dispute, the family law team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff can provide the knowledgeable and compassionate guidance you need to navigate it. Our child custody attorney understands the emotional nature of these cases and will work hard to protect your interests and the interests of your children.
Reach out to our law office today at (805) 633-4999 to set up a consultation with our attorney to discuss your case.