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Sudden changes in child custody can cause separation anxiety

Most Connecticut parents would likely agree that even if two parents maintain separate households and are no longer a couple, both parties still want what's best for their children. Often, child custody can be a point of contention between two parents, especially if a new custody arrangement needs to be made in the aftermath of an end to a relationship, such as a divorce. It is common for both parents to have trouble learning to adjust to a new shared schedule, and issues like physical custody, child support and visitation must be addressed. 

Recent research has indicated that while these may indeed be stressful situations for parents, it can be downright traumatic for a child. Often, in the aftermath of a divorce, or a scenario in which one parent is suddenly absent in a child's life, the child can be at risk for developing parental separation anxiety. Children may not understand the circumstances that have caused them to have less contact with one of their parents. 

Parental separation anxiety can have lasting mental effects on a child and, in some severe cases, may even require medication to help ease the confusion and anguish for a child. The condition can also bring physical side effects such as abdominal pain or nausea. Experts say that children who experience parental separation anxiety may be at a higher risk to develop other forms of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder later in life. 

If a Connecticut parent is in a situation where he or she is unable to have a satisfactory amount of contact with  child, there are legal steps that can be taken. An attorney with experience in child custody proceedings may be able to help families as they attempt to get a permanent custody arrangement into place or make changes to an existing order. A custody order can help ensure that even when two parents are no longer in a relationship, they are given the opportunity to have an ongoing and meaningful relationship with their children as they grow. 

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