Even when a family unit is not ideal, divorce and the breakup of a family is very difficult for all parties. Emotions run high, and it takes a long time to sort through things.
From the very first moment of separation, it is important that both parents are reasonable and clear-headed in their decision making about their roles in their children’s lives.
Abandoning any parental duties and responsibilities at the time of separation establishes a negative impact to your future options regarding custody and visitation rights over your child’s life.
One piece of advice for fathers is to become the best model parent. You should be centered around every aspect of your child’s life. That may include things like changing diapers, attending doctor’s appointments, knowing the details of all health conditions and medications. Make it a priority to attend school meetings and events. Become easily accessible in those unforeseen circumstances and let your presence be as frequent as possible.
During the early stages of separation, parents and children go through three phases that begin immediately with the breakup of the family: The Initial Reorganization, The Transitional Stage and Personal Growth.
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