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3 tips for telling your kids about the divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2023 | Family Law |

When children are involved, a divorce can get more complicated. Divorce has several effects on kids, from psychological to educational. However, you can control them or evade some by approaching the matter with the right tips. How your kids learn of the divorce can help with this.

The following are three tips for telling your kids about your divorce.

Both parents should be present

If possible, both parents should be present during the conversation. This helps kids recognize the family is still unified. It will help to talk about what you will say to be on the same page. If the other parent can’t be present, let the kids know they tried their best to be around but couldn’t make it.

Consider your kid’s age

The age of your kid(s) may determine how you tell them about the divorce. Toddlers won’t understand what’s happening, but preschoolers and older will, at different capacities. For instance, a teenager has a greater capacity to understand divorce than a 6-year-old.

Considering this factor can help you know the best ways to explain the divorce and what to expect during the conversation.

Nonetheless, regardless of the ages of your kids, you should be honest without giving too much information that can overwhelm them. And expect questions. Kids have a strong intuition – even those who don’t understand divorce can sense changes at home.

Tell your kids they are loved

As simple as it sounds, it’s vital for your kids to know both parents love them equally and will take care of them as before, if not better.

If you are going through a divorce with kids. You should get professional guidance to protect your parental rights.