Children typically experience less negative consequences during a divorce if the parents shield kids from discussions of adult issues. The negative impact on the parties’ children is a sufficient basis to avoid using kids as a messenger or involving kids in financial disputes. There is also strategic reasons for shielding kids from disputes over adult issues. When a Florida divorce judge is considering the parenting plan, the judge will use the best interest of the child standard. Although numerous factors are relevant for analyzing the best interest of the child, an important theme in the factors involves the willingness of parents to put their children’s interest first. A parent who does not make negative comments about the other parent or share the details of contested financial issues with the child will generally be viewed favorably for protecting kids from this type of conflict.