On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
We know that despite what is going on with you and your spouse, you want what is best for your children. The Florida family court thinks it is in the best interest of all parties to have both parents involved in a child’s life if possible. That is why we were intrigued to learn that social media may be playing a role in keeping kids connected with their parents.
We know, more screen time may not be what you want to hear about, but researchers have shown that social media can be a powerful tool if used correctly.
At The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, we want to help you through your divorce and custody issues. When you need a Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney, you can count on us to be by your side, fighting to ensure that you are treated fairly.
How Is Social Media Helping?
Research has shown that children of parents who are going through a divorce or separation often suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Mental health experts say that much of a child’s well-being during a divorce depends on how well the parents get along with each other during and after the divorce.
This can be a tough task. However, researchers are now learning that regardless of the parents’ relationship with one another, social media can make the separation easier on children by helping them stay in contact with the parent who has moved out or who does not have custody.
While nothing beats having in-person contact between a parent and child, sometimes that is not an option. Appropriate use is Facebook or other social media can keep the connection strong. The key, researchers say, is “Letting your child know that you’re there and you care.”
Yes, you may be hesitant to let your child communicate with your ex-spouse regularly, especially if your relationship with the other spouse is not good. However, barring any court orders limiting communication between parent and child, this kind of contact can go a long way towards helping the child’s mental health.
If you are a non-custodial parent, you should let the custodial parent know that you intend to use social media regularly to keep in touch with your child. Give them a heads up, explain why you are doing this, and be consistent. Being a parent does not stop with a divorce.
What You Can Do Now
Regardless of whether or not you have the help of social media to keep you connected to your children, the separation process is not easy. It can be emotionally draining and frustrating. At The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, we know that this is not how you envisioned your marriage going, but we want to help you through this. When you need a Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 954-533-2756 for a free consultation. Let us walk you through the separation process from beginning to end so you can get your life back on track.