Divorce And Your Kid’s Well-beingSupporting your kids’ needs and keeping in mind that their well-being is the most important outcome of a divorce is a very important part of the process. Given the intense emotion between you and your spouse, this can be a very challenging task. Below are some tips for supporting your children during the divorce/ongoing post divorce challenges and helping them continue to thrive, even during this difficult time:

1. Listen: This may sound obvious but try to listen to what they say to you. Ask them how they are feeling about the changes that are happening and then just listen. Make sure that you explain to them that they are allowed to feel anyway that they need to and that they will not disappoint or anger you if they share their feelings honestly. This can help build trust during this time that can carry over well after the divorce is final.
2. Communicate respectfully about your ex: In all likelihood, there are many things you could say about your spouse that are not exactly kind. Keep those things to yourself when you talk to your kids about your ex. The conflict between you and your ex is not related to your kids, so protecting them from that conflict can help them cope with the change.
3. Keep your cool and show them that you are calm and in control. Even if this is not how you feel deep down, it will help ease the transition for them. Keep some things consistent for them. Keep them at the same school even if the drive is longer, let them continue sports or extracurricular activities that they like, keep bedtime routines the same for younger kids. These small things will help them feel calm and confident about the changes around them.
4. Provide extra reassurance: It can be difficult to be reassuring to your kids when you feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you but giving them extra affection, love and support will help them (and you). For example, allow them to sleep with you one night a week and watch movies in bed! Giving them extra love and care will go a long way during this time!

Lower The Stress Of Divorce For Your Kids

While you focus on your kids during the divorce, you can be confident that the divorce process will be smooth when you partner with AMS Mediation. We offer comprehensive mediation services and have extensive experience with all kinds of divorce cases – and we can help you. For more information, call us at 952-252-1492 to schedule a free consultation.

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The safety of clients, ourselves, and colleagues is our top priority while we remain available to assist you as you navigate the new and uncharted territory caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Offering All Services Virtually

While providing virtual ADR services was not part of our plan, we have made the necessary accommodations to ensure we can continue to serve our clients during these unsettling times. All services are currently available through virtually. We are using Zoom for videoconferencing. We suggest that you download this app to your phone or the program to your computer at https://zoom.us/download.

 

Limited In-Person Services

We have resumed limited in-person services for sessions with 1 or 2 participants scheduled for a maximum of 2 hours. Masks are required in our building and in session. Availability is subject to change based on local regulations and CDC guidelines.

 

Office Hours

Our office hours remain the same and we remain available by phone and email. The main office number is 952.252.1492. Gayle can be reached via email at gayle@amsmediationplus.com.

 

New Clients Welcome

We offer free 1-hour divorce consultations via Zoom. Potential PC and PTE clients are invited to schedule a free 15-minute phone call. Please call 952.252.1492 to set up an appointment. We are here to help!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to adapt to these rapidly changing and chaotic times. Stay strong, stay resilient, and stay healthy!

 

Sincerely,
Amber Serwat & Gayle Ladwig
ADR Professional & ADR Assistant

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