Getting Help for Your Child During Divorce

Your divorce is one of the hardest things you’ve ever dealt with and it is just as difficult, if not more so for your child. Children whose parents divorce often blame themselves, act out, withdraw, have trouble in school, make bad choices for themselves, or have difficulty coping with the new reality. The good news is most kids work through these problems and are able to adapt. There are some things you can do as a parent to help your child work through the situation and feel better about it.

Notify the school. For elementary age children, get in touch with the classroom teacher and let him or her know what is happening in your family. Ask if there is a school social worker who might be able to help your child. Some schools have special peer group counseling sessions for children facing divorce. If your child is in middle or high school, call the guidance counselor. He or she will make a note of what is happening so that if there should be any problems with your child at school, teachers and administrators will know what is going on. Ask if there are any peer group counseling sessions available at this school.

Get a referral to a child therapist. Call your pediatrician, ask your lawyer, or ask your own therapist or marriage counselor for names. You may need to take your child to several therapists before you find one that is a good fit and with whom your child feels comfortable communicating. Taking your child to frequent counseling sessions is a big commitment (in time and money) but it is absolutely worth it and likely won’t be something you need to do forever.

Call DeTorres & DeGeorge for representation in your divorce or custody case in the Flemington and Clinton area of New Jersey.

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About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

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