Parents in Rhode Island who get a divorce can take a number of steps to help their children adjust. For example, parents should keep an eye on their children for signs of anxiety or depression and offer them healthy ways to cope.
It is important for parents to encourage their children to build a relationship with the other parent and not interfere with that relationship in any way. This includes not putting the child in the middle of any arguments and not oversharing details about divorce with the child and expecting the child to take sides. Parents should not use children to carry messages back and forth or question the child about what the other parent is doing. They should also avoid badmouthing the other parent in front of the child.