Goldman Law Offices

Free consultations for all personal injury and criminal matters

Protecting children from the emotional trauma of divorce

Even the most acrimonious of divorcing couples in Pennsylvania may be able to lay their disagreements to rest during child custody and visitation discussions. While divorcing parents often have very different ideas about what is fair when they talk about property division or alimony, they are generally able to accept that they both want what is best for their children. For most couples, shielding their children from the emotional fallout of the divorce is a top priority.

Finding common goals as far as the children are concerned is a good first step on the road to developing an effective co-parenting plan. The body of research highlighting the benefits of this type of cooperative approach continues to grow, and bitter child custody and visitation disputes are becoming rarer as family law judges now tend to favor co-parenting solutions in most situations.

Children tend to have fewer emotional problems when they know where they stand, and consistent rules are among the chief benefits of cooperative parenting plans. These plans should also draw lines that parents cannot cross. Furthermore, parents should never drag children into domestic spats to relay messages or act as sounding boards.

A family law attorney may urge a client to tackle custody and visitation during the nascent stages of negotiation as reaching a consensus early could lay the groundwork for productive talks when more contentious issues are raised. The attorney may also suggest that the terms of a co-parenting plan be drafted to give parents a clear understanding of their responsibilities while still providing them with a certain degree of flexibility. A lawyer could point out that making these documents too restrictive can be counterproductive because divorced parents may feel resentful and look for loopholes when their provisions are too strict.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Rated By Super Lawyer William L. Goldman Jr.|
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Avvo
  • Distinguished AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated Seal For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Client Distinction Award - William L. Goldman, Esq.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Listed in Best Lawyers | Seal of The World's Premier Guide
  • Best Lawyers | BEST LAW FIRMS | US NEWS 2019
Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Goldman Law Offices

90 E. State Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-348-2605
Fax: 215-348-5247
Doylestown Law Office Map

Leave us a review of your experience with our firm Review Us