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How Does Divorce Impact a Child’s Relationship with Extended Family?

Monmouth County divorce lawyers help clients and kids deal with divorce and extended family.Divorce brings a lot of changes to a child’s life. Children may need to switch primary residences, grow accustomed to visitation times, and experience strains in relationships. Unfortunately, children impacted by divorce tend to lose valuable relationships with extended family members, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. Breaking this connection can negatively impact a child’s emotional development. Therefore, parents have a responsibility to keep these family relationships intact.

After a divorce occurs, each spouse should be aware that their child may suffer a strained relationship with their extended family members. This may occur for several reasons. Extended family members may feel unwelcome in a child’s life, especially if there was chaos surrounding the divorce. They may also be unsure of when to schedule time with the child due to a lack of communication.

No matter the reason, parents are responsible for communicating with extended family members. Keeping in contact with aunts, uncles, and cousins is in the best interest for children impacted by divorce. Maintaining these relationships gives a child consistency, support, and security. It also shows extended family members that they are an important component in the child’s life.

Tips for Parents

Most parents realize the importance of a healthy relationship with extended family members. However, they may be unsure of how to strengthen their child’s relationship with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Some ways to strengthen a child’s relationship with extended family members include:

  • Reassuring your child that their extended family members love and care for them.
  • Developing a visitation schedule with your ex-spouse that suits everyone’s needs.
  • Coordinating holiday and birthday schedules with your ex-spouse and their family. Ensure that all family members spend time with the child.
  • Inviting extended family members from both sides of your child’s family to special events, which may include sports games, dances, and graduations.
  • Allowing a child to attend events with your former in-laws, even if it is during a scheduled visit.

These are just a few tips to maintain a child’s relationship with their extended family. When it comes to coordinating a schedule with extended family members, parents should take initiative. Parents should not rely on their spouse to solely communicate with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Therefore, each parent is encouraged to initiate communication with an ex-spouse’s family. This will keep everyone informed and show appreciation to the child’s extended family members.

Monmouth County Divorce Lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. Help Clients Through Divorce

If you are thinking about filing for divorce, consult with a Monmouth County divorce lawyer at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. Divorce can be a stressful and emotional process. Our lawyers have experience with helping spouses through this difficult transition. If you are interested in speaking to one of our lawyers, contact us online or call us at 732-493-9400 for a free consultation.

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