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Illinois family lawyerDivorce can be difficult for children. Living in two households, watching parents date and remarry, and getting introduced to step-siblings and half-siblings are several of the many changes divorce can bring to your children’s lives.

Fortunately, there are ways you can help your children live a high quality of life despite any changes your divorce may bring. You can start by making an effort to avoid the following 4 common parenting mistakes during divorce:

1. Forcing Your Children to Be Messengers

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyAs per the latest data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. divorce rate is approximately 3.2 per 1,000 with 45 states and the District of Columbia reporting. Further statistical data reports that for those families navigating through divorce, the aftermath significantly increases the number of single parent households. Currently, single-parent homes headed by women encompasses almost 10 million while single parent homes run by men accounts for a little over two million households.

Although as the divorce rate appears somewhat optimistic in theory, two-thirds of all marriages will ultimately end in divorce. For the parent who has been awarded full custody or will be accepting the bulk of the parenting life, post-divorce may prove challenging.The following suggestions may assist new single parents with settling into a new reality:

Seek Emotional Support

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyTo a child, divorce in any family situation can be upsetting and perhaps even life altering, but how do parents tell the family that grandparents are going their separate ways? 

The term for American mature couples opting to call it quits is referred to gray divorce, while in the United Kingdom, silver separation is the trending terminology. No matter the terminology, divorce is a hard subject to broach not only for the grandchildren but for the adult children of the couple as well.

If you have recently learned that your parents are divorcing and you would like additional information and resources to approach the situation, the following may be of assistance.

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Ilinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyResearch has proven that divorce can be a very traumatic time in a child’s life, no matter their age. Different age ranges can produce varying ramifications and for the parents, it is imperative to continually monitor and minimize the level of emotional turmoil experienced by their children. What are the top 10 issues facing a child experiencing his or her parent's divorce?

1. This is Not Your Child’s Divorce   

As adults, the separating spouses should respect that even with one parent out of the picture, the child views the situation as that is my mother and that is my father. This dynamic should be respected, accepted and addressed.

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impact-of-divorceIf you have children and have experienced the trials and tribulations often associated with a child’s adjustment to the changes of the nuclear family, the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research Center, Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom recently assessed the effects of divorce on both biological and adopted children. 

The study findings, as published by the U.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI) took a closer look at the psychological impact of divorce on adopted children in contrast to the effects of the process on biological children. The results strongly suggest that a child’s adjustment and behaviors may often be mediated by genetic disposition.

This hypothesis, also studied on this shore of the pond by the Colorado Adoption Project (CAP), examined the direct correlation of genetics versus non-biological structure as to how a child will react to parental divorce as well as the lingering psychological effects.

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