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Don’t Divorce The Children
Does divorce traumatize children? The answer depends on two factors: the child's resiliency and the environment created by divorce. People are unique in their personal makeup. Some experience events like they're made of Teflon - it just slides off. Others experience events as severe trauma - they are enduringly influenced. While parents can do no more for the former, once they have left their DNA, they have a great deal of influence over the latter.
How can parents help to minimize the risk of trauma to children during and after divorce?
Parent to child
Parent to self
Some of the indicators that children are experiencing the divorce in a traumatic way are:
When parents divorce, they don't divorce the children.
Either parent may be ordered to pay an amount necessary for the support, maintenance and education of the child. Child support is calculated using the California child support guidelines. An amount different from that which is produced using the guidelines may be ordered based on specific deviation factors and also at the discretion of the court.
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