If you and your spouse are looking to get divorced in California, you may be overwhelmed with thoughts of how this dramatic relationship change will affect your child’s well-being. Will he or she struggle to form healthy relationships in the future? Will your relationship with him or her struggle? Will you be required to share your child with your former spouse even during times when you wish to be spending time with him or her? 

What you may not have been aware of is that your child’s age may play a critical role in how he or she reacts to the changes in your relationship with your spouse. According to Medical News Today, generally speaking, children who are raised in families where divorce has occurred, may have a more difficult time feeling secure in their relationship with each of their parents. However, the younger your child is when your divorce happens, he or she may feel even more insecure than other children about his or her relationship with you and your spouse. These concerns may carry into adult years. 

As such, it is imperative that you and your spouse try to establish a child custody agreement that encourages your child to maintain relationships with both of you despite living apart. During the time you do have to spend with your child, engage in meaningful activities that will develop trust and anticipation for the future time that will be spent together. Under no circumstances should you ever engage in negative discussions about your former spouse in front of your child. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.