Children of divorce often struggle coping with all the change that their parents’ breakup causes. If they are exposed to any disagreements between their parents, they face additional risk factors and the adjustment is even more daunting.
Although it is not a good idea to stay in a broken marriage solely for the kids’ sake, it is important for you to understand how difficult this transition is for a child whose brain still is developing. How your divorce goes can impact your child’s life for years to come.
The good news is that you are not powerless in this process. Although children of divorce face many challenges, research also shows that having an engaged father can help mitigate many of those risks, and modern dads are finding creative ways to stay involved with their kids.
The below infographic lists some of the major risk factors children of divorce face and contrasts those factors with the ways in which active fathers can offset those risks and help their kids grow and develop into healthy adults.
An important part of offsetting these risks is making sure you are able to stay actively involved in your children’s lives after divorce, and that is largely determined by the child custody arrangement you end up with. To make sure that your rights are protected so that you can continue being the best father possible, contact a family law attorney who will look out for the best interests of you and your children.