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Going through a divorce in Kentucky could be a stressful and sad time. Spouses don’t expect their marriages to fall apart, but such things happen; divorce might even occur after decades of marriage. Things become more complex when children are involved. Here are some things parents can do to make the divorce experience more tolerable.

One step to take involves creating “separate identities” for spouses and parents. That is, when dealing with issues related to children, individuals should act as parents and not spouses. Doing so could keep conversations focused and potentially decrease fights and arguments.

Exploring co-parenting mediation might be worthwhile as well. Mediation sessions could cut down on the stressful instances where one side tries to “win” during the divorce proceedings. Mediation might take the edge off the experience and allow both parties to work out disagreements and settlements.

Arguing and fighting in front of the children might prove disastrous. There could be long-lasting psychological problems that may occur, so parents need to exercise better judgment and self-control when in the proximity of their children. Things might become even more delicate when the divorce revolves around one partner having an affair. Again, keeping the child in mind might help parents use tact and discretion when dealing with such intimate matters.

After separating, parents may want to date or remarry. A parent’s decision to bring new paramours into the household can be difficult for children, so parents should think such steps through carefully.

Questions about custody or other matters related to a divorce could be directed to an attorney, who may draw from his or her experience to provide a thoughtful answer. An attorney may also seek equitable alimony, child support or visitation rights or even file petitions for sole custody.