3 rules we teach our kids that might help in a divorce

Parents across Brentwood try to teach their children positive ways of dealing with adversity and resolving conflicts peacefully. However, it can be very difficult to follow our own advice sometimes.

For instance, if you are getting divorced, then you might find yourself saying things or acting out in ways you wouldn't have expected. Under these circumstances, you might want to think about a few of the lessons we often teach our kids and how they might help cope with and get through a divorce.

Don't lie

Lying is never a good idea when you are dealing with the legal system. Making false accusations about an ex, hiding assets or misrepresenting your finances can all feel like decisions that work in your favor, but ultimately they could spell disaster when the truth comes out. 

Don't be a bully

Trying to intimidate or threaten others during your divorce is not going to help you get a fair settlement or secure the custody or visitation schedule you want. Instead, it could paint you as a bully and make it all but impossible to seek out-of-court resolutions.

Play fair and cooperate

There are elements that seem unfair during a divorce, and the last thing you probably want to do with a soon-to-be ex-spouse you don't like or trust anymore is cooperate. However, making the decision to try to compromise and work together to find solutions can help you secure an agreeable, amicable solution.

Striking a balance with legal support

These tips can help minimize conflict now and in the future. If you have kids who will be affected by the divorce, then taking steps to be truthful, amicable and fair can also serve as a powerful example of how to respond to difficult situations.

However, keep in mind that there are situations in which peaceful solutions may not be possible, and being overly accommodating or friendly can actually work against you, as discussed in this Reuters article

As such, it can be crucial that you work with an attorney throughout your divorce who can help you strike a balance between seeking the outcome you desire and avoiding unnecessary conflict.

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