At the beginning of most marriages, divorce is likely the last thing on the bride and groom's minds. Unfortunately, with divorce rates hovering around 40 percent, a separation is something a lot of couples will have to navigate at one point or another.
10. Don't delay the divorce
If things are really bad between parents, it's best to part ways while kids are still young (and more adaptable), and before relations become too acrimonious.
9. Don't blow things out of proportion
In the heat of the moment, it's easy to connect everything to the divorce but some problems would have happened anyway. Kids can be pretty resilient, and not everything bad is an emergency.
8. Don't go without a schedule
To avoid potential fights over every little detail, it's best to start out with a schedule, even if it needs some modification down the road.
7. Don't neglect your children's best interests
Just because an agreement about child support or parenting time is fair to the parents, does not mean it is what's best for the kids.
6. Don't radically restructure the parenting system
There's plenty of adjustment going on already, so try to avoid the temptation to throw everything out the window. Unsustainable changes now won't make up for mistakes in the past.
5. Don't move on too quickly
Children need time to grieve a divorce and stabilize after the transition, so be sure to build-in that time for them.
4. Don't vilify the other parent
Heaping blame on the other parent is not a good way to gain favor with the children or the courts. It is a good way to project insecurity and confuse the kids.
3. Don't change the parent/child dynamic
It's natural to feel rejected during a divorce, but lonely parents need to avoid treating their kids like a support system.
2. Don't punish the other parent
Hiring a "pit bull" attorney to exact revenge sets a bad example, and encourages confrontation instead of collaboration during the divorce.
1. Don't forget that interaction with kids and the other parent is life-long
Getting caught up in the moment is easy to do but, no matter how impassioned things are now, your relationship with your partner won't end just because the marriage did. Think and plan for the future.