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How can I protect my child from a messy divorce?

If you are in the midst of a divorce in Minnesota, you may be wondering how to deal with things because there is a child involved. Even if your divorce is turning into a really messy one, here are some ways you can shelter your child from the aftermath.

Fox News Magazine states that the court is not the only entity that should work towards protecting the best interests of your child at all times. It is an endeavor that you and the other parent should work toward as well. Start by putting aside minor differences and disagreements to prevent arguments and to keep negative feelings from festering. Children tend to show their emotions in a variety of ways so you should pay close attention to your child's behavior at all times. Do not get so consumed with your divorce that you fail to notice any verbal and behavioral clues your child exhibits. These signs may indicate your child is hurting and their interests are being overlooked.

Do not give your child a detailed rundown of everything that is going on in your divorce. Keep all adult matters, such as finances and assets between you and the other parent. You also do not want to act as if there is nothing going on. Keep your child in the loop by only telling him or her what is necessary. Regardless of how well or badly things seem to be going, do not neglect your child.

Parenting time and your child’s best interests should always remain top priorities during and after your divorce. Even if there are bad feelings between you and your ex, you should never keep your child from having a healthy and loving relationship with you and the other parent.

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