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The parenting paradox: the importance of supporting yourself

A separation or family breakdown can be one of, if not the most challenging times in an individual’s life. It brings with it a complex tapestry of intense feeling and emotion, often at the expense of self-care. These feelings and emotions can include frustration, relief, denial, loneliness, shock, bewilderment and loss. All of which are experienced whilst the family unit begins to grapple with radical changes and a comprehension of life, in separate homes.

This situation can be complicated by a family law proceeding, which in the wrong hands, results in increased animosity between parents and a diminished capacity for parents to focus on the needs of their children and themselves.

Whilst the paramount principle in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) with respect to parenting provides that all decisions should be made in the best interests of the children, and rightly so, parents sometimes forget to consider what they can do by way of support, that is in the best interests of themselves.

Paradoxically, where parents are actively working on their stresses, through professional support or self-care strategies, they are in a better position to make sense of their child’s changing world and effectively read their emotions.

At Richardson Murray Law, we strongly encourage our clients, where necessary, to seek the appropriate professional support through trusted mental and allied health professionals in order to greatly reduce the emotional stress that can arise from a separation and protracted parental conflict.

If you are seeking family law assistance or wish to support yourself with the right family law advice, please do not hesitate to contact us at Richardson Murray Law on (07) 5619 5933.