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Talking to your children about divorce

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Talking to your children about divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2022 | family law |

Managing a relationship is difficult, and it only becomes more complex when children are involved. You may have done everything in your power to reconcile your marriage, but divorce is now the only feasible option.

You may be reluctant to tell your children about the separation, but they are going to find out some time, and it is better to come from you, the parents, than elsewhere. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to lessen the blow for children. Outlined below are some tips on telling your children about your divorce.

Organization is key 

The decision to pursue a divorce is not likely to be something you and your spouse have taken lightly. This is something that you both may have been considering for many months. For the sake of the children, it is important to put any conflict to one side while you think about how to address any questions they may have. Children can be inquisitive, and it is likely that they will want to know why this is happening. It is perfectly feasible that you and your spouse can come up with age-appropriate answers, which can reassure the child that they are not to blame in any way.

As parents, you can still be united 

Just because your relationship has broken down doesn’t mean that you cannot be united on child-related issues. In fact, even if you have drifted apart in every other way, you and your spouse should unite in terms of the best interests of the child. Divorce can mean change, and children don’t always appreciate that. What doesn’t need to change is the love and support that you both can offer them. Once they realize that this is imperishable, they will find the divorce easier to cope with. Solid co-parenting is a realistic option post-divorce, and there is no reason why your children cannot continue to thrive.

Divorce brings numerous challenges, but these obstacles can be overcome as a family. As you prepare for the future, discover the legal options open to you.