Helping Children Through Divorce, by Jeff Weissman

Throughout the process of divorce, children often suffer a great deal, experiencing feelings of guilt, confusion, and grief. Custody battles and ongoing disagreements only add to the unfavorable climate, creating disappointment and further hurt. While no easy solution exists, several steps can be taken to ease the minds of young children throughout the trying ordeal of a divorce. The following tips represent some helpful suggestions.

1.    Be truthful with your child and let them know what they can expect in the coming months. Honesty serves as strong foundation for trust in a time when it is needed the most.

2.    Listen and acknowledge his or her feelings. Allowing your child to speak creates a family dialogue and aids you in assessing where he or she needs clarification or special attention.

3.    Provide positivity and reassurance. While divorce rarely reflects a happy period, let your child know that a divorce may mean less fighting, more one-on one-time, and a positive end result.

4.    Routines are important for children (especially young children) going through a divorce. Keep an organized schedule and integrate enjoyable activities your child can count on.

5.    Avoid speaking poorly of your partner. This often confuses children and results in negative feelings and associations.

About the Author: Jeff Weissman currently operates as a family law attorney with 17 years of experience. Possessing much experience in matters pertaining to divorce proceedings, paternity law, and child custody cases, Jeff Weissman has encountered firsthand the difficulties that accompany divorce and separation. Jeff Weissman acts as a Partner in the firm Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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Board certified in Marital and Family Law, attorney Jeff Weissman has been called to present at numerous conferences and seminars. He also authored the Parental Relocation Law, Section 61.13001, which was enacted in the State of Florida in 2006. Jeff Weissman has presented regularly for the Florida Bar Association, Family Law Section. In late 2010, Weissman spoke on practical and theoretical aspects of evidence within a family law context. Earlier that year, he gave a seminar on practice and procedure, which was attended by over 1,000 attorneys and other legal professionals from across Florida. In 2009, Jeff Weissman led seminars on equitable distribution and development of time-sharing parenting plans. He also moderated a judicial panel on parental relocation issues. These events each attracted hundreds of legal professionals. In addition, Weissman led basic family law seminars in Miami and Tampa, covering issues such as attorney’s fees, methods for determining jurisdiction, and practices and procedures. Jeff Weissman has also accepted speaking engagements in the corporate sector. Jeff Weissman studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating in 1994. He has focused on family and marital law since that time, and he has served as a Partner at Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. for more than a decade. Weissman holds two Florida Supreme Court certifications: as a Mediator and a Guardian Ad Litem. He has been recognized with numerous professional awards, including repeat listings in Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

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