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How to Tell Your Children About the Divorce 12-18-2015

How to Tell Your Children About the Divorce

Divorce is not a topic that most children think about, at least not until it is necessary to do so. That is why it can be overwhelming to try and figure out how to break the news to your kids. It is a conversation that must be handled with care because it is a moment that will potentially have a big impact on your children. It is a big change for everyone involved. That is why you should proceed with care and compassion.

Choose a Right Time

Although there might never be the “perfect” time to tell your child such bad news, there are some better moments to talk to them. Before you have the conversation with your kids, make sure that you and your spouse have confirmed the divorce. There is no reason to worry your child prematurely when you are not sure of the split.

You should also choose a moment where you and your family have time to talk. You want to tell your children at a moment where you can listen to their concerns and answer any questions they may have. This means don’t tell them right before they have to go to school or an extracurricular activity. Also, be mindful of their school schedule. There’s nothing worse than when a child has to deal with divorce and finals simultaneously.

Keep It Simple

Tell your children only the details they need to know. You do not want to start sharing specifics that will either confuse them or cause them to choose one parent over the other. Depending on how old your child is, you may want to stick with simple sentences. Let them know that one parent may move out soon and that this will help with the constant arguing and grumpiness.

Present a United Front

Although you and your spouse have decided to dissolve your marriage, you should still break the news of divorce together. Gather the family together, and tell them at once. That would eliminate one child knowing before another. It will also show the kids that you are willing to work together for what is best for them.

Avoid Blaming Each Other

Regardless of whether the divorce is consensual or conflicted, you should not blame your spouse in front of you children. You need to remember that what you say about the other parent will affect the way your child views them. That is why you should keep things neutral and polite between the two of you when the children are around.

Explain to Them It’s Not Their Fault

Children have an uncanny ability of internalizing conflict. When you discuss the topic of divorce, ensure them that it is not their fault. Let them know that you love them and that won’t change after the split. You have to make sure to keep your kids’ interests in mind during this precarious time.

At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, we understand how difficult matters of divorce are. Our Rancho Cucamonga family law attorneys have experience handling many different family law issues. For more information or guidance, contact our specialist today.

Categories: Divorce Law, Parenting

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