How can I help my grandchild whose parents are divorcing?

As a loving grandparent, you likely have great concern for your grandchild's health and well-being. And as long as his or her home environment is stable, you should not have much to worry about. However, if the child's household has become stressful because the child's parents are in the midst of a contentious divorce, then you may feel compelled to step up and take a larger role in his or her life.

Grandparents can help shield their grandchildren from the turmoil caused by a divorce. Simply providing the child with a safe place to go that is calm and conflict-free can be extremely beneficial.

It is quite possible that while in the stable confines of your home, the child will begin to open up and tell you things that he or she is afraid to say at his or her home.

Children often fear taking sides between their parents and as such will keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves. But when this happens, it is best to not spend too much time focusing on your grandchild's feelings regarding the divorce.

A psychotherapist who is also a grandmother advises that you want to keep your home a "neutral zone," where you and your grandchild can develop your relationship rather than dwelling on the divorce. To this end, the tenor of your grandchild's visits should not change after the divorce has been announced.

As long as you are able to spend time with your grandchild, you can help themĀ get through the difficult days that occur during the divorce. However, if the divorce leads to issues wherein you are denied access to your grandchild, you may need to take steps to correct the situation.

As a grandparent, you have rights when it comes to maintaining your relationship with your grandchild. And if those rights are being violated, a Florida family law attorney may be able to help see that they are enforced.

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