Thousands of couples will go through a divorce this year, including several here in Georgia. While divorce is never easy for the people involved, it can be especially difficult on children. If you are looking to go through a divorce and you have kids, there are many things that you will need to consider for their health and safety. According to Kid’s Health, one of the most important things parents can do to help their children is to maintain as steady of a routine as possible.

If it is at all possible, try to keep the children in their current residence. Ensuring that the children stay in the same place will help them transition through divorce much easier. Plus, not having to move school districts and friend groups will also make the transition much more simple. However, if it is not financially possible to continue maintaining the current residence after divorce, try to find a place that is at least in the same school district.

It is also important to not say negative things about your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Even though you may have hard feelings toward your ex-spouse, remember that he or she is still your child’s parent and will continue to be. If you have negative feelings, you will need to find an appropriate outlet to work through those. Talking with friends or a trusted therapist is certainly encouraged, but even if your children are older it is best to keep them out of it.

Joint custody is considered best practice if doable, but even if you are pursuing a single custody parenting route, having an agreement and sticking to it is very important to assist your children through this process.