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Kids of divorce benefit from use of technology to contact parents

When a divorce occurs, it can be especially difficult on any children in the family. They may feel isolated and upset at their inability to talk to the parent who no longer lives at home as often as they used to do. However, a recent study that Florida parents may find interesting suggests that there is an easy way to combat this -- by utilizing social media and texting to communicate with children of divorce.

In the past, families have likely heard that too much use of social media and cellphones is detrimental to the health of children, teens and adults. The prevailing belief used to be that the most important factor in the well-being of children post-divorce was how much both parents were able to cooperate and get along. This study now claims that that idea is less influential than how often children are able to talk to their noncustodial parent. Cell phones and social media make doing that much easier for both parents and children.

Experts say that the contact must be consistent and continual. In-person is ideal, of course, but more modern methods are acceptable, too. It is a way to reinforce the parent-child relationship and to let children know that their parent cares for them, even if he or she no longer lives with the children. The study looked at about 400 parents from around the nation, with children ranging in age from 10 to 18. The important part, researchers say is to keep communication open so that the noncustodial parent can know his or her children and what is going on in their lives.

Divorce can be a difficult process for some people, and it can be further complicated when children are involved. As hard as it might be for some Florida parents, children need to remain the priority. Any parents who are undergoing a divorce can benefit from legal advice when deciding how to handle custody arrangements.

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