How to address the topic of divorce with your children

How to address the topic of divorce with your children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce/Separation on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Marriage can have its obstacles and even an ending. Divorce is rarely an easy endeavor. After all, the parties involved have to entirely untangle their physical, emotional, and financial lives. This requires engaging in property division, discussing alimony and figuring out a child custody and visitation arrangement that furthers the best interests of any children involved.

Dealing with these matters can be challenging on one’s own, but it can be even more complicated when children are involved. Yet, fear of how your children will react to news of divorce shouldn’t stop you from pursuing marriage dissolution if it’s right for you and your children. Hopefully the tips listed below will help you discuss divorce with your children so that their lives are disrupted as minimally as possible.

One of the most important steps to help ensure a child’s smooth transition to post-divorce life is building the child’s relationship with both parents. This means avoiding the blame game, at least while in the presence of your child. Children don’t need to know the details of a divorce, and sharing those details can lead to turbulent emotions in a child. Also, telling a child about a divorce together can help prevent a child from placing blame for divorce on one parent over the other.

Parents should also make sure that their children have emotional support during this time of change. Children oftentimes exhibit a wide range of behaviors after learning that their parents are divorcing, which may present as anger, sadness, depression or even aggression. Parents should make sure that their children have someone they can rely on, even if it is a grandparent, an aunt or uncle or a family friend. Also, if a child has to participate in the process at all, such as through a child custody evaluation, then parents should not play up the importance of those meetings.

If you’re about to embark on the path to marriage dissolution, then you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. Fortunately, you don’t have to confront these matters on your own. Instead, you can seek out guidance from a divorce attorney who can help you develop legal strategies that seek to achieve your goals. This assistance will hopefully free you to focus on things of more importance, such as your relationship with your children.

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