If you’re going through a divorce, it’s crucial that you and your ex decide that you’re going to put the children first. This should always be your goal. The things that you want to get out of the divorce are important, and the things your ex wants are also important. But neither one of them should trump your children.
There are many reasons why focusing on the children is so important, and this is why the courts always try to look at the children’s best interests when dividing up parenting time and custody rights. Let’s look at just a few reasons why this is so critical.
It provides them with stability
A divorce is largely out of a child’s hands, though it does have a major impact on their life. One of the reasons divorce can be emotionally difficult is because the children feel like they have a lack of stability. When their parents both put them first and focus on their needs, the children get some of that stability back, even if their family life is changing.
It makes it easier to compromise
From your perspective, it’s often easier to cooperate with your ex and to make compromises if you know that you’re doing them with your children in mind. This makes it so that the divorce doesn’t simply seem like you and your ex working against one another. It is both of you working toward a positive future for your children, even when you’re not married.
It can make scheduling easier
Schedules when parents don’t get along are often very complicated and difficult. But if you do get along, it can make things much easier for both you and your children. For instance, parents often struggle to figure out what to do about dividing up the holidays or a birthday celebration. But parents who are dedicated to putting their children first may be able to agree to have a joint celebration where they are both involved. In other words, putting your kids first can help you overcome some of the emotional roadblocks you may be facing toward your ex.
As you work your way through the divorce with this focus on your kids, make sure you also know about your legal options.