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Helping Children Through Divorce

Nearly every child whose parents split up experiences fear. Many children worry that their parents will abandon them. After all, if marriages can be dissolved, why not parent-child relationships? Fears like these can lessen a child’s trust in their parents and in human relationships in general, which is why we must take care to put our children’s needs before our own during this difficult time.

There is a lot we can do to help our children survive divorce. One of the single most determining factors as to whether or not a child will successfully survive divorce is how much their parents fight with each other after the breakup. If a parent wants to do one thing that will ensure their kids do well after their divorce, they should stop fighting.

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A Child's Rights [HTML]
The inalienable rights of children.
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Helping Your Children Through Divorce [HTML]
How to help the kids survive the divorce.
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Tips for Visiting Parents [HTML]
Eight tips for the non-custodial parent during visitations with the kids.
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What Most Mediators and Judges' Want From Parents [HTML]
Parents have an obligation to their children to see that any court case affecting the future of their child is brought about in good faith.  This article was adapted from an address given by Judge Frank Sullivan, of the 322nd Family District Court, and expanded by Terrie Frances Frost, MA, MFT  
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Children's Books on Divorce [HTML]
Ron's recommended reading list for children whose parents are going through a divorce.
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Recommended Reading for Divorcing Parents [HTML] 
Ron's recommended reading list for parents who are going through a divorce.
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Helpful Checklists for Divorcing Parents [HTML]
These checklists are designed to serve as guides during the divorce process.
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The Group List [HTML]
The Los Angeles Outpatient Group Therapy Directory as complied by James De Santis, Ph.D., C.G.P.
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