When parents' marriages end in divorce, often children are caught in the middle. When it comes to children's issues in Alberta, although parents are obligated to children's best interests first, there may be times when one parent pits the children against the other. This may be something that causes parental alienation and which makes custody issues even more tenuous.
It can be a particularly difficult time for kids when they learn that their parents are divorcing. When it comes to children's issues in British Columbia, family court judges will always make decisions that take into account what is in the best interests of the children involved. But, what does that really mean? It might help parents to get some clarification.
Preteens are generally between the ages of 9 to 12 years old. In terms of behaviour, it’s common to see children in this age group doing more in activities in school, hanging out with friends more frequently, attending birthdays, playing sports, joining clubs, and participating in events.
The first year following a divorce or separation can be difficult for parents and children. How will they spend the summer? Which parent gets to take the children on vacation? Who takes the children trick-or-treating?
Nuclear families have a tough time with teenagers – and it’s much the same with blended and single-parent families.
As listed on the Government of Canada website, parenting plans “outline how parents will raise their children after separation or divorce”. While custody and access are also settled during divorce and separation proceedings, parenting plans are slightly different. They focus on how parents will communicate with each other and share specific responsibilities regarding their children.
When a child moves between divorced or separated parents, he or she can experience some sadness, guilt and stress, especially when the arrangement is in its early stages. Parents can also struggle with the emotional challenges of this complicated transition.
For every parent going through a difficult family legal experience, be it divorce or child custody dispute, there is a child going through the same experience. And depending on his or her age and understanding of the situation, a child may have opinions on what parents should do to resolve a particular issue.
There are many ways parents support their children after a divorce. Some parents focus on spending quality time with their children; others might take their kids on trips or buy them nice gifts; still others may help a child find healthy activities or counselling services to support mental well-being.
Securing a child custody or child support order can provide critical protection and guidance for parents who are no longer together. However, these orders may only be helpful as long as everyone's circumstances remain the same.