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Understanding the Challenges for Divorced Dads

Divorce is not easy, and when children are involved, it can make it that much more challenging to deal with. While both fathers and mothers want the best for their children, frustrations can have an emotional impact you and your children as well. Fathers, in particular, have their own set of challenges when it comes to divorce. Here are some tips to help overcome some common obstacles.

Be a Good Communicator

While it may be challenging if your ex-spouse isn’t a good communicator, when it comes to co-parenting, having open dialogue can help make dealing with other aspects of your divorce less stressful. Communicating last-minute changes to time sharing schedules can help alleviate potential conflict.

Manage Feelings of Anger, Frustration, and Guilt

It’s perfectly normal to feel frustrated and angry at times — and dads often feel guilt too. However, when these feelings take over, it can be mentally unhealthy. Take some time out to gain perspective on why you are angry and how you can re-group. Here are some ways to manage your negative emotions:

  • Participate in an activity that you enjoy
  • Exercise
  • Go for a walk or get out in nature
  • Keep a journal and write out your frustrations

It’s also essential to keep your children out of any conflict you are having with your ex.

Make the Most of Time Sharing

There’s no doubt that you miss your kids when it’s not your turn for visitation, but when you spend time with them, it goes without saying that you want to make the most of it. One way to spend quality time is to include them in some of your activities and vice versa. For example, if you have a garden, let them help you care for it and pick their favorite vegetable for the dinner table. If they enjoy riding their bikes, go for a family bike ride. The possibilities are endless!

Need Help with a Florida Divorce? We Can Help

Deciding to file for a divorce is a difficult one. Not only can dealing with a divorce be mentally taxing, going through the legal process can be a daunting experience without a sound support system. When frustrations are high, know that you aren’t alone, and there is help. Our Jacksonville family law attorneys are here to guide you through the divorce process so you can rest assured that your children's best interests are being met and you are receiving an effective solution.

Contact Owenby Law, P.A. today at (904) 770-3141 to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.