Nevada parents whose marriages are ending may not realize that a prolonged divorce can be psychologically damaging to their children who have a strong need to know what is happening in their lives and deserve to know their parents' future plans to remain as a family or to separate. By having an honest discussion with each child individually, parents can help their offspring cope with an impending divorce and increase the likelihood that each child will be able to find a sense of closure in the matter.
Many children report relief once a divorce is finalized because they know what to expect. Divorces that drag on for years can leave children feeling confused as they age. Still, many parents prolong the process out of guilt, hoping that they can find a way to work things out. The intervention of a mediator or counselor is sometimes enough to resolve disputes.
Couples may be hesitant to go through with their breakup if one or both sets of their parents went through divorce as well. Social pressure can also cause parents to stay together for longer than is healthy for them or for the children. Whatever the reason, parents who prolong the process are often increasing the stress their children go through. Whenever a decision is made, children should be made aware so they can take the time to process this significant change.
One way to ease the transition is the creation of a comprehensive parenting plan that deals with custody and visitation rights. This can show the children that their parents will each remain in their lives. A family law attorney can often assist a divorcing parent in negotiating such an agreement.