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Helping Massachusetts' children handle divorce and child support

Divorce can be a particularly difficult time for children. Their lives are changing significantly, and they often feel powerless in the situation. Kids do not always handle these changes in the best way. No matter how a child handles divorce, parents must always offer their children the love and support that they need to make it through this difficult time.

Most children just want things to stay the same. The thought of changing schools or friends may be frightening to them. Some children react to these changes by displaying anger or by showing an uncooperative attitude. Children depend on their parents to stay supportive, and restore their sense of balance. Parents must manage their own stress and remain calm when faced with their child's difficulties in order to keep a stable environment.

Parents also need to support their children financially in order to give them stability. During the time of divorce, many parents are just figuring out how the payments will work and what parent will retain physical custody. Once a custody order is in place, a child support order will follow in order to help the custodial parent support the child's development and growth.

These payments are essential for children in order for them to retain some normalcy after the divorce. If a child suffers from a lack of child support, more stress and difficult behavioral problems may follow. Custodial parents should ensure that these payments are being met and can work with an experienced legal professional in order to navigate the legal waters and enforce any custody order in place.

Children can really struggle through divorce. Because of this, parents should strive to be involved in their children's life financially, emotionally and physically in order to provide them with the most stable environment possible.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Staying Calm When Kids Lose It During Divorce," Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz, Jan. 13, 2014

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