25 April 2013 0 Comments

How do I tell my child I’m getting divorced?

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There is no easy way to tell a child that their parents are getting divorced, the impact will be noticeable and overwhelming because their daily routine will change. When you have school aged kids, expect them to want to know how their lives are going to change. They may also be and anxious and misbehave, they may feel insecure about loosing the stability of having the family separate.

First things first, find the perfect time to tell your child or children about what is going on and be open to answer any question or insecurities that come up during the conversation, give your child time to process, and time to let it sink, they may not have questions then and there but they will so be ready.

Discuss this with your child as a couple, regardless of the issues you and spouse have you should still be united when it comes to your children.

Keep it simple when telling your children because they will not understand or simply block you out when they don’t understand what is going on, remind your child it is not their fault and they are not to feel responsible for the divorce, spare the details, don’t leave anything divorce related lying around, or talk on the phone about custody, especially when the child can hear you. It is not healthy for a child to know the ugly details.

Take time for yourself too because you need to be strong during this difficult change of life. Having an attorney to help defend you and your children’s rights make it so much more easier as well. At Holstrom, Sissung, Marks & Anderson we are ready and willing to help you and walk you through this process til the end. Contact us now for a free consultation.

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