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Can you help your children through separation anxiety?

When you make the decision to divorce your spouse in Pennsylvania, one of your first concerns may be how this decision will affect your children. After all, despite the significant changes in your relationship, your soon-to-be-ex is still your children’s other parent. One of the first tasks you may undertake is negotiating a child custody arrangement that allows your children to continue to maintain a relationship with both of their parents.

If your children are showing concerns about going to visit your ex and are anxious about visiting a new place, it can be difficult to encourage them. However, being consistent about their visits with your ex and also exchanging your children in a manner that is positive and comfortable is imperative to their ability to adjust and slowly acclimate to seeing each of their parents in different places.

According to, openly discuss the concerns of your children and try to provide reassurance that their visit will be fun and safe. Likewise, refrain from the temptation to allow your children to skip visits. While this may appear to be the easy way out, but it can actually be a disservice and create even more anxiety for your children when the next visit arrives.

Become familiar with the signs of separation anxiety including loss of appetite, intermittent crying and irritability among other things. As soon as you begin to recognize that your child is feeling anxious, do your best to intervene and provide comfort and support. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.