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Introduction

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Divorce is the beginning of a new phase in life.

The process of divorce is never an easy one. It is stressful, time consuming and emotionally draining; especially when there are children involved. The purpose of this course is to guide you through your divorce proceedings and help you prepare for a new phase in your life.

Prioritizing your responsibilities is the key to ensuring that both you and your children make a successful transition during and after your divorce. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula that can guarantee an easy and painless transition for everyone, but preparing yourself properly with this course will make the process easier.

As a parent, your number one priority is of course your children. At no time is this more important than during your divorce. Although it may be difficult, it is best to be as open and honest as possible with your child or children at all times. Answer any questions that they may have, but only do so in appropriate and constructive ways.

Discussing the divorce with your children will help them understand what is going on and prepare them for the changes in their lives. If possible, you and your ex-partner should consider discussing the divorce with your children together. When you talk to your children, explain things to them in terms that they can understand. When you do talk to your children, however, it is not necessary to get into details about the conflicts or problems that you have with your ex-partner. The actions or behavior of your ex-spouse should never be used to negatively influence your children's feelings about them.

It may be in your children's best interests to keep certain information from them until they are old enough to fully understand and draw their own conclusions. Children are very perceptive and you should avoid lying to them; although, they do not need to be exposed to inappropriate information or unnecessary conflict. Children have a right to love both of their parents, and they should never be placed in the middle of a divorce.

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Try to focus on the needs of your children, rather than the divorce process.

Divorce proceedings almost always involve some tension or conflict; whether or not the divorce is a mutual decision or not. No matter what the conditions of your divorce may be, your primary concern has to be your children and what's best for them. Children should never be used as bargaining chips, leverage, or as a way to inflict emotional suffering on an ex-partner. Anger and negativity will only lead to negative consequences for children.

A successful transition into a new phase of your life involves leaving behind the last one. All people handle the stress and emotional impact of divorce in their own way and you will face your own challenges. There is no set time period for moving on after a divorce; however, dwelling on past situations is not emotionally or psychologically healthy. Every change in your life takes time. Setting new personal goals and goals as a parent will ensure a successful and positive transition for both you and your children.

Keep in mind that first and foremost you are a parent. Your shift into life after divorce involves your children and their needs, in addition to your own. No matter how old or young your child or children are, they will have specific emotional requirements as a result of your divorce. Let the needs of your children become your primary concern and look at the challenge of raising them as an opportunity to strengthen your relationship. It is critical to remember that parents get divorced from each other; children don't get divorced from their parents.

Depending upon your particular situation, your children will need to understand that they still have two parents that love them and two separate, but loving homes. It is possible to make a healthy, positive and successful transition into life after divorce when you place your children first and plan for your future together properly. All children react differently to the stress and emotional impact of divorce. It is your responsibility as a parent to guide them through this challenging phase in their lives successfully.

This program is designed to help you understand and meet the needs of your children during and after the divorce process. This course provides information on several key topics, including: the emotional impact of divorce on you personally; the impact of divorce on your children; successful cooperative parenting strategies; the effects of stress and the impact of abuse. This course will give you the tools that you and your children need to make a successful transition into life after divorce.