Splitting up a family takes an enormous toll on the children.
Divorcing parents should seriously consider engaging the services of an experienced child psychologist or therapist who will devote time and attention to the children to help them adjust to a new life.
Young children may undergo several sessions of play therapy to help them come to terms with their parents’ divorce, while older children may undergo more traditional counseling sessions. A combination of these approaches may also be optimal, depending on the child.
It is important that child therapy be a priority for both parents. It helps them to heal and process the effects of divorce, and can help children steer away from more destructive expressions of their pain, and provide them with a safe place to express their sadness, pain or uncertainty related to splitting the family unit.