A divorce can be a tough experience for the entire family. It can be especially tough for the children who have no control over what their parents do. However, there are some things that you can do to make sure that your family gets through such an event with as little damage as possible.

Make Sure to Do Things Together
While you may no longer be in a romantic relationship with your partner, it is important to create a unified front for your kids. This means attending school or sporting events together with the children. It may also mean scheduling family dinners or other events where everyone can act as much like a family as possible. However, it is worth noting that you should only do this if it won't put anyone in harm's way.

Don't Say Anything Bad About Your Former Spouse
The best way to make sure that relationships don't get severed completely is to refrain from saying negative things about your spouse. This is true whether you are talking to your friends or to your children. Children who hear negative things about their parents could start to believe that they are true. Over time, they may start to avoid that parent or not want to develop a close relationship with someone who likely cares about them.

Make Sure Everyone Has a Basic Standard of Living
If you were the breadwinner of the family, now is not the time to stop providing for your spouse and children. To keep the family together, it is important that the housing, utility and car payments are made on time. You should also be sure to pay your child's tuition or other expenses as usual. Doing so may make it possible to stay on good terms with a former spouse, which may make divorce negotiations easier.

Choose Your Attorney Wisely
You have the choice to find an attorney who cares about resolving your case in a timely and civil manner. Ideally, whoever you choose will support any decision to resolve a divorce through mediation or other reasonable means. However, if necessary, this person should be ready to represent you in court.

While a divorce may end your marriage, it doesn't have to split up your family. By making sure that everyone is cared for and loved, you can maintain a good relationship with your kids and your former spouse. This gives everyone the best chance of adjusting to their new reality. A lawyer like Kelm & Reuter, P.A., can help you during your transition.

Author's Bio: 

Anica has a Jack Russell Terrier named Saxon, three daughters that are 13, 11, and 7.