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If you intend to divorce your spouse, you may do all you can to keep your children well-rounded and happy. One of the things you might do is encourage your children to spend time with other members of your family, including your parents. However, it's also important for your children to spend time with both sets of grandparents. Here are reasons to encourage a loving relationship between your children and their other grandparents.
You Preserve Your Children's Heritage
Many children of divorce where one parent gets full custody lose track of or contact with their other parent's family. The loss of contact can prevent your children from learning more about their heritage and family history. If the other spouse's parents have a rich history or background, they may wish to pass it down to their grandchildren through stories, memoirs, and family heirlooms.
Grandparents can also build a strong bond with their grandchildren over time. The bond may teach your children to trust and respect other people, especially the older generation. If one of your children encounters a problem they can't discuss with you or the other parent, they may turn to their grandparents for guidance or help.
Always maintain an open door of communication with the grandparents. If possible, allow your children to email, mail, and text their grandparents regularly. If your children wish to spend physical time with their grandparents, ask your divorce attorney to set up a visitation schedule. The schedule allows both grandparents equal time with your children.
There are other benefits to allowing your children to remain in their grandparents' lives.
You Improve the Grandparents' Lives
Your children aren't the only individuals to benefit from seeing their grandparents. The grandparents may also benefit from the relationship. Many elderly parents and grandparents can become depressed or saddened over time. Depression may complicate the grandparents' health and hinder their quality of life.
By allowing your children to interact with their grandparents, you help the grandparent experience:
Some older individuals may also experience fewer cognitive problems when they interact with their grandchildren on a regular basis. Cognitive problems, such as forgetfulness and memory loss, may affect the grandparents' overall outlook on life.
Although maintaining a good relationship with everyone in your family may not be easy during divorce, it's possible. If you need help setting up a visitation plan or schedule with the other parent's family members, speak to a family law attorney immediately.