Approaching divorce as a parent

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2021 | Family Law |

Although couples may start off with the best of intentions, it is hard to overlook the reality that almost half of all marriages ultimately end. Just because divorce is not necessarily uncommon does not mean that they should all be treated the same, though. Every family in North Carolina is unique, so divorce often requires a unique approach — especially for parents.

Who gets custody?

Despite what is often depicted on popular TV shows or in movies, custody arrangements are not always up to a judge. Many parents are able to work out custody agreements on their own or with the help of a neutral third party, such as a mediator. Child support is a little different, and a judge might have a larger role in this process. This is because child support is essential to making sure that all of a child’s basic needs are met, including:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Medical care

Guiding children through the process

Parents generally do their best to prioritize their children during divorce. This typically means placing a greater emphasis on things like child custody. However, it also means being emotionally available. Kids tend to have a lot of big and confusing feelings about their parents getting divorced, so parents should be ready to reassure kids that the split is not their fault.

Divorce can put emotional strain on parents and children alike. Some people in North Carolina might even find the process to be isolating. This does not have to be the case, though. Many parents have successfully navigated the divorce process by reaching out for guidance from a knowledgeable attorney.