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Kids, divorce and dating

When parents decide to divorce, their first priority should be to ensure the kids' lives are are disrupted as little as possible. Obviously, kids will be affected by a divorce; mom and dad no longer live together, and they might have to split their time between two different homes. However, San Diego parents should do what they can to keep their children's lives as normal as possible.

For many parents, deciding when to reenter the dating arena is something they struggle with. For some parents, after a period of adjustment, they decide to start dating. Other parents choose to wait until their children are older before they forge ahead with their private lives. Of course, this decision could depend on the age of the children when the divorce actually takes place. Younger children might need more time to adjust, while older children might be in a better position to understand mom and dad needing to move on with their lives without each other.

There is no right or wrong approach to moving on after a divorce. The key is to determine what is right for the family and proceed from there. Children who have happy parents are more likely to be well-adjusted, whether the parents are married or divorced.

For parents who are experiencing issues with their former spouse, such as child custody issues or disagreement about visitation, speaking with an experienced legal professional can help ensure both parents have as much say regarding the raising of the children as possible. This in turn will help the children experience growing up with both parents and add a sense of normalcy.

Source: Huffington Post, "The Kids Are All Right, So I Should Be Too" Craig Tomashoff, Jan. 28, 2014

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