How to Help Parents of Teens Deal With Divorce

As a divorce lawyer, I can tell you that teens pose a unique problem in divorce.

When a child becomes a teen then they have a say in the divorce and who they want to live with.  In my experience, you really need to listen to your teen and take in their needs and desires.  In most cases, teens do not want to be involved in the divorce, and I hear “I won’t take sides.”   For the most part, teens don’t want either parent, they want the ability to grow and be listened to.  Be flexible in your parenting, let your teen go between houses and never isolate them (absent danger) from the other parent.  I see too many cases, where a child has been isolated from one parent, and then at age 16 they desperately want to live with the other parent to see what it is like.  If you permit an open flexible plan, you won’t need to deal with this.  Another obvious piece of advice is that the teen is smart, if you and your

Be flexible in your parenting, let your teen go between houses and never isolate them (absent danger) from the other parent.  I see too many cases, where a child has been isolated from one parent, and then at age 16 they desperately want to live with the other parent to see what it is like.  If you permit an open flexible plan, you won’t need to deal with this.  Another obvious piece of advice is that the teen is smart, if you and your ex are not on the same page, your teen will work against both of you.

Attorney Amy Saunders, Esq.
Divorce and Mediation Lawyer
Legal Solutions Law Group
858 Washington St Suite 103
Dedham, Massachusetts 02026

Amy Saunders, Esq. Divorce Lawyer in Massachusetts

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