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Getting divorced when you have children can make for a difficult situation. Our communications coach, Marcia Brandwynne, says a successful divorce is the key.

But what does that mean?

Going your separate ways is emotionally traumatic, especially when children are involved.

You may be sad, angry and hurting, but you also need to consider what your children must be feeling.

Some couples ask if there's such a thing as a "successful" divorce. Coach Marcia always answers yes, but it takes work, restraint and a whole lot of maturity.  

If your marriage has ended, it's important to understand that your children's welfare comes first. You must love your kids more than hating your ex. When you demean your ex, you send a self-hating message to your child, because Mom and Dad are both parts of them.

Creating a successful divorce means knowing that you are an ex-wife or ex-husband, but not an ex-parent. Children need both of you to make them feel as if their lives are stable and secure.

Next, it means compromise – having an accommodating attitude about visitation and support. Your children shouldn't have to take sides. It means sharing parental responsibilities for school activities, homework and playdates.  

Maturity is the answer to a successful divorce. For whatever reason love failed in your marriage, it doesn't mean you stop being a mature role model for your children.

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