Being a parent is the most rewarding job in the world. But it can also be one of the toughest. It has often been said there is no manual for raising children. The same holds true about divorce. When it comes to divorce, children are often its biggest victims. The adjustment to life after divorce can often be difficult. In many instances, there can be many noticeable changes in their behavior. Their academic performance begins to suffer. They have trouble getting along with the peers. They begin to act out against their parents. It can make difficult for everyone involved. Fortunately, there are some solutions. Utah state courts, including Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, currently offer classes designed to help children of divorce by providing special educational programs geared towards guidance.
The Impact of Divorce Classes
Divorce classes are available for children from ages 9 to 12. Most children have never been in a courtroom. It is only something they have seen on television. The class is divided into three parts. During the first portion, a judge will be in charge of giving them a tour and conducting a question and answer session. During the process, children are allowed to play with microphones and are given a tour of the judge’s chambers to help ease the tension. After a questions and answer session, the second half of the class is taught by an instructor with mental health training. The class encourages children to voice their feelings about divorce and how it is affecting their lives. During the final portion of the class, the children are asked to write a pretend letter to either of their parents to express what they want in the divorce. The classes are currently offered in Salt Lake City, Logan, Provo, and Ogden. Parents can get more information by logging on to utcourts.gov/specproj/dived/children.html
How Divorce Affects Children?
Not every child is affected by divorce in the same way. Many are able to make a smooth transition to life after divorce. In most of these cases, both parents remain active in the lives of their children. But when one parent is no longer a part of their child’s life, it can be an emotionally traumatic experience. In other cases, divorce can bring a sense of relief to children. Many times, children are exposed to bitter arguments or even witness physical abuse committed by one parent to another.
Avoid The Blame Game
Divorce can often get bitter and combative. One of the biggest mistakes parents often make is talk negatively about their ex spouse in front of the children. It can often make the situation even worse for your child. To not try to force them to take sides.
Are You Considering a Divorce? Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney Christopher M. Ault Can Help
As a single father, attorney Christopher M. Ault understands the challenges and obstacles facing many of his clients. Divorce is not only hard for both parties, it also has an impact on the lives of your kids. He and the staff at The Ault Firm utilize a compassionate and comprehensive approach to help clients through this difficult time. From the time a client visits their Salt Lake City family law office for their initial consultation, the team at The Ault Firm will take the time to address all of your questions and concerns. It is part of their commitment to place each client in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact The Ault Firm today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.