Everyone says it anyway, but most people already know that divorce is a difficult time for parents and children alike. Often divorcing parents worry more about small children because they believe teens are better equipped to cope with the family breakup. In some cases this may be true, but not always. Most teens going through divorce are very impressionable. On top of this, they are dealing with hormonal changes and a growing social consciousness. Teen issues combined with a divorce could be a recipe for disaster for parents without awareness.
One of the most important tips we freely offer to our clients is not to let their teen children fall through the cracks. Divorcing parents facing the loss of an important relationship are not automatically equipped to be a support for their children. Without meaning to, parents often become overly-focused on their own struggles. Finding a balance can be an elusive goal, but it is not impossible. In order to provide support, some parents must first receive support.
Family law attorneys are an often underrated source of support for their clients. The support is delivered by way of an empathetic yet professional approach to a family's issues. While providing legal services in and out of the courtroom, a lawyer is also bolstering the client's confidence and self-worth. This can trickle down to all the children of a marriage from infancy to college age.
Lawyers are typically not experts in raising children, but knowing you have an attorney with legal skills and people skills can go a long way towards helping you to help your children. If you live in Illinois and are in need of a family law attorney, read our website to see if we are a fit for your family's needs.