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Birmingham, Mich. –Jan.25, 2017 – Although many romantics hope that Cupid’s arrow will strike this Valentine’s Day, relationships after divorce can be a tricky endeavor, especially if minor children are involved. Jessica Woll, managing partner of family law firm, Woll & Woll, P.C., who blogs on the firm’s website and tweets @DivorceWisdom, offers 8 tips on how divorced parents can protect the emotional health of their children when they decide to date again.
“Schedule initial dates on days when the children are with the other parent or hire a baby sitter; and vet dates to make sure you are always safe and sound!” Woll said.
“Keep it light until you’re sure the new love is truly the love of your life before including him or her in serious family matters and important events,” Woll said. “Be open with your children, but also make sure the conversation and amount of information shared is age appropriate.”
“If a bit more of an explanation is needed, call them a ‘special friend’ or if the children are old enough, tell them it is someone you’re casually dating,” Woll said.
“How one parent reacts and behaves around their ex can directly impact the children and how they feel about the new relationship,” Woll said. “Along the same line, when your ex begins dating again, don’t inflict feelings of resentment or jealousy onto the children. Your personal feelings should never be the child’s burden to bear.”
“If something does not feel right in the relationship, trust that feeling,” Woll said. Don’t fight your gut instinct about someone you are dating, especially when this new person may impact not only your life, but the lives of your children.”
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