Talking to Your Children About Divorce

Going through divorce is a stressful process for all involved, including the children. If it is time to discuss your impending divorce with your children, knowing how to address this issue properly is in everyone’s best interest.

It is inevitable that your divorce will impact your children’s lives, but you and your spouse can help them understand the situation in the most positive light possible. As a parent, you can make the process less painful for them and at Carlson & Dumeer, LLC, we offer our experienced legal insight. Our Clarksville family lawyer offers tips about how to handle the discussion about divorce with your children.

How to Execute the Divorce Talk with Your Children

Your first goal should be to give your children an honest explanation of the situation. Honesty will make a way for open communication and demonstrate empathy for your children.

Here are some tips to make the conversation easier:

  • Reassure them of your love for them. Say it out loud so they can be reminded of this truth during the difficult times.
  • Discuss the inevitable changes. You may want to tell them that their life won’t change, but this is an unrealistic promise. By being open and honest, they can better prepare.
  • Don’t blame the situation on your spouse. Try to approach the situation on a united front.
  • Don’t put your children in the middle. Never use your children to relay messages back and forth to your spouse. Discuss matters directly with your spouse to avoid making the children your messengers.

As much as we encourage you to talk with your children, we encourage you to listen to them as well. Take the time to listen to your children’s feelings and encourage them to be open throughout the process. If you need assistance with any divorce or other family law matter, we encourage you to contact our firm at your earliest convenience! We offer experienced counsel for divorcing clients.

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