When a couple decides to end their marriage, this can create emotional turmoil for any child and depending on the age of the child, it can have an impact on them in ways that many parents do not realise. A child after all is the product of both parents and when the union ends, they will often experience a sense of loss and confusion that they might not even be able to articulate. Family lawyer, Sarah-Mae Thomas, tells us how to make sure that your children are not left behind in a divorce.
“A divorce can have a tremendous effect on the mental state of the child which if goes unchecked, could impact the Child’s behaviour as well as learning or social deterioration. Stability is the key for all Children, no matter what their age.”Sarah-Mae Thomas
“Critically, it is important that if you have a small child, that you settle matters before the divorce papers have been filed in Court to make sure that he or she can enjoy safe and secure lives in the aftermath of a divorce.”
It is well documented that there is a strong link between children of divorced families and youth offenders. The Family Justice Court’s statistics here in Singapore reveal that over half of youth delinquency cases stem from broken families, many of which include divorcee parents.
Here are some tips on what to do to ensure that your children are protected when you go through a divorce: