Divorce is never something someone can truly plan for because you likely didn’t see it coming when you chose to say “I do”. That being said, once you realize you are getting divorced, there are smarter ways to go about it when you have children. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips on what to and not to do when divorcing with children. If you have concerns and feel like you need an experienced Missouri divorce attorney to guide you through this process, call Deputy and Mizell today. We offer an initial free consultation. We can be reached at 573-346-9990.
The Dos and Don’ts of Divorcing With Children
Let’s start with the don’ts:
Don’t lose yourself emotionally in front of your children. Keep it together so they don’t feel like they have to take care of you. They are kids, you should take care of them, not the other way around.
Don’t flaunt a new relationship in front of your kids and expect them to be receptive. This is a hard time for them, their parents just divorced, don’t make it worse.
Don’t gift a bunch of shared property to friends and family in an effort to hide it during the divorce. This can end badly down the road.
Don’t talk negatively about your ex in front of your children.
Don’t try to get revenge on your ex by not allowing him or her to see your children. They are their kids too.
Now, for the dos:
Do hire an experienced divorce lawyer to advocate for you and your children.
Do ask your lawyer questions when you don’t understand something about the divorce. This may be your first divorce and a new experience for you, it is only natural to have questions and a good attorney makes themselves available to answer them for you. For example, you may want to ask about alimony, child support, child custody, divorce forms, etc.
Do be reasonable when creating your custody plan with your ex.
Do be supportive of your children and attentive. Be there for them and answer the questions they have honestly.
Divorce is tough but remember that there is a “light at the end of the tunnel”. That’s just a figure of speech, just know that you can get through it. We can help you make sure you are getting a favorable outcome and that you are prepared one hundred percent of the way. Call us today and we can schedule an appointment to get all your questions answered so that you can feel informed and better prepared for the process you are about to enter into. Call us at the number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.
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