Divorce can present a number of challenges that must be overcome. When children are not involved, former spouses can simply opt to go their separate ways and never look back. However, when there are children, co-parents still need to work together.
Often, even before the divorce is final, it is simply not feasible for both parents to remain in the same household, so one will take up residence elsewhere. This can be nerve-racking, as the parent who has moved might worry that their child won’t like the new place. Fortunately, children can feel at home in two places and are perfectly capable of enjoying their time with each parent. Here are some tips on how you can make the transition to two homes a little easier.
Children need their own space
While you want to put your own stamp on your new place, children also need to have some input. Consider letting them choose their own room or at least let them have a say in how it is decorated. Think about storage space. Do the cupboards have enough room to fit your child’s favorite games, clothes and other items? You might also consider letting your child invite some friends over. With a space to call their own, your children will thoroughly enjoy coming to visit.
If you have young children, they are likely to be running around. For this reason, it may not be practical to have the house cluttered with valuable antiques and furniture with sharp edges. Make sure the space is child proofed. If your children are not with you the majority of the time, then you always have the option to remove unsuitable items when they visit and put them back when they return to their other parent.
Divorce can be hard on all parties but there are ways to get through as a family. As you navigate the process, remember that you have legal rights as a parent in Connecticut.