Adoptive Parents & Divorce

It is no secret that the divorce process can take its toll on children. They are faced with changes to their family unit, routines, and surrounding environments. However, this process may be even more challenging for adopted children and their parents. Losing the feeling of a cohesive family unit can be detrimental to adopted children, as they may have already experienced this before.

The Impacts on Adopted Children

Adopted children will face the divorce process just as any other child, meaning that proper custody and visitation arrangements will be determined. However, these changes may have more of an impact on their security and feeling of belonging. It is not uncommon for adoptees to have already gone through loss, feelings of insecurity, or other trauma. To go through this again can leave adopted children feeling hopeless and more doubtful.

What Do Parents Face?

Adoptive parents must go through an extensive home study process, typically conducted by a social worker, where every aspect of their relationship and parenting style will go under scrutiny. To succeed in a home study and eventually file for divorce can be a major blow to an adoptive parent’s confidence. It is not uncommon for feelings of guilt to arise, as you have guaranteed to provide your children with a stable and secure home. However, just because you are filing for a divorce, that does not mean that it is impossible to do so.

Being There For Your Children

Adopted children will need the support of both parents during a divorce, as it has the potential to bring back memories of previous experiences. Commit to working together with your ex-spouse as a co-parent, so you can both provide your children with the stability they need for success. By working together, you and your ex-spouse will be able to parent as a unified front.

Determining Custody Arrangements With Help

Due to the complex nature of adoptions and subsequent parenting experiences, it is crucial to have the support of an experienced attorney. The team at Creative Family Solutions, Cianci Law, PC has extensive knowledge of the adoption process as well as divorce. We will be able to help you make the best decisions for you and your family, reaching a resolution that is in the best interests of your children.

Contact our team today at (916) 797-1575 to schedule an appointment for a consultation! We can provide you with experienced legal counsel.

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