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By Cheryl Burke, Psy.D, LMH

Reunification and Coparenting program to develop and maintain healthy Family Relationships after divorce.

Work towards healing and rebuilding FAMILY CONNECTION.

Child well-being: Reunification between the child and parent post-divorce is crucial for ensuring the child's overall well-being. Research suggests that maintaining a strong and positive relationship with both parents contributes to better emotional adjustment, self-esteem, and mental health outcomes for the child. This connection provides the child with a sense of stability and security, despite the changes and trauma frequently resulting from the divorce.

Scientific research has consistently shown that reunification between a child and parent after a divorce can be especially beneficial for the child's well-being. Here are some key findings from research: 

1. Emotional Adjustment: research has demonstrated that children who maintain a positive

relationship with both parents tend to exhibit better emotional adjustment following a divorce. This includes lower levels of depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems. The presence and involvement of both parents provide the child with emotional support, a sense of security, and a stable environment.

2. Self-Esteem: Research has indicated that children who experience successful reunification

with both parents tend to have higher levels of self-esteem. The child's perception of being

loved and cared for by both parents contributes to a positive self-image and a greater sense of self-worth.

3. Mental Health Outcomes: Maintaining a strong relationship with both parents has been

linked to improved mental health outcomes for children of divorce. Studies have found that

children who have ongoing contact and involvement from both parents have lower levels of

internalizing and externalizing behaviors, such as depression, aggression, delinquency and

destructive addictive behavior.

4. Stability and Security: Reunification helps provide a sense of stability and security for

children in the midst of significant life changes caused by divorce. Consistent and positive

contact with both parents helps create a predictable environment, decreases destructive manipulation and reduces the uncertainty and stress that children may experience during the

difficult transition.

5. Long-Term Benefits: Research suggests that the positive effects of reunification can

extend into adulthood. Adults who had ongoing relationships with both parents after divorce tend to have higher relationship satisfaction, improved conflict resolution skills, and better overall Holistic Wellness.

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