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The Unintended Victims

Children of divorce may suffer the most while having the least ability to cope with personal distress.

Unfortunately, children are too often used as pawns and can experience enormous levels of stress when the comfort of their nuclear family is dissolved. As conflict can easily escalate and overtake divorce proceedings, children are frequently left vulnerable and without a voice. From educational difficulties to personal relationship issues, the psychological damage from a conflict-ridden divorce can affect children for the remainder of their lives.

The involvement of a mental health professional in the capacity of a Child Specialist can be of invaluable benefit for the the children. This professional can assess the feelings and needs of the children, thereby helping them to feel supported during this difficult time. The Child Specialist will also inform the parents and team of the child’s needs, concerns, and desires, so this can be incorporated into the final parenting plan.