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When is the best time for parents to file for divorce?

For those in Colorado who are preparing to bring their marriage to a close, the timing of that action can be critical. This is especially true for parents, as the impact that a divorce will have on their children is often a chief concern. There are a number of ways to approach the timing issue, and no one-size-fits-all solution. The following approaches offer two different methods that parents might want to consider.

Some parents strongly believe that summer break is the optimal time to broach the subject of divorce with their children. Kids have far more free time during summer vacation, and parents are better able to set aside time to sit down with them and work through their reaction to the divorce. By beginning this process in the early stage of summer, kids have plenty of time to adjust to the changes in family structure before school starts back in the fall.

For other families, the school year is a better timing fit when it comes to initiating talk of divorce. The school year provides a great deal of structure and stability for children, which can help them come to terms with serious life events such as divorce. In addition, children have access to their friends, teachers and support staff while school is in session. Those resources can be invaluable to children as they process news of the divorce.

In reality, there is no "right" or "wrong" timing to initiate a Colorado divorce. Parents simply need to consider their family's specific circumstances when making that decision. By approaching the matter in a cooperative manner, Colorado parents are making great strides toward developing a positive post- divorce co-parenting partnership.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Secrets For A Child-Centered Divorce", Bari Zell Weinberger, Feb. 24, 2017

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