As we discussed in a previous blog, the rate of individuals ages 55 and older divorcing is on the rise. While it is not a bad thing that people are making decisions on what is best for them, ending a marriage impacts people regardless of age. When grandparents do divorce, they often have children and grandchildren looking for answers. It can be difficult to explain this situation to them, but it is vital to give them the support that they need during this time.
Law Offices of William L. Geary is here to give you tips and suggestions on how to navigate grandparents divorcing.
Tips For Grandparents
If you and your spouse are going through a divorce, but have children and grandkids, it is important to keep them in mind. There are ways that you can be there for your family and provide them with the support that they need during this time.
Be There For Them
Being a part of your children's and grandchildren’s lives is extremely important. Even if you are proceeding with a divorce, they still need your presence. If you have set routines with them, continue your routines. Just because you are separating from your spouse, does not mean you cannot continue to be a part of a child’s and grandchild’s life. Focus on planning fun activities for the whole family to engage in, providing them with the reassurance that they need during a difficult transition period.
Don’t Force Sides
While you may have resentful feelings towards your spouse during or after a divorce, you should not project those emotions onto your children and grandkids. They should still be able to have a positive relationship with both individuals. In fact, forcing them to pick sides will only negatively impact your relationship with them.
Staying Present for Special Occasions
Grandparents are an important part of special occasions, such as birthdays or holidays. After a divorce, you may find it strange to continue celebrating these events together. However, if at all possible, try to continue doing so. If you find this too difficult, make an effort to schedule out separate days for these special events. This will help you maintain your relationship with your family.
Legal Guidance From Law Offices of William L. Geary
If you are seeking a divorce, the team at Law Offices of William L. Geary can help. We understand that the need to separate from your spouse can occur at any point during your life, and want to provide you with the legal guidance you need to reach a positive resolution.
If you need assistance proceeding with a divorce contact Law Offices of William L. Geary today at (614) 289-1227 to speak with our attorneys.