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Taking steps to help the kids cope with the news of divorce

| May 25, 2021 | Family Law

It might not come as a surprise to you or any Indiana resident that going through the end of a marriage can be a stressful and daunting experience. While you may feel that dissolving your marriage is the healthiest path, if you have kids, there is a chance you might have concerns about how the process could affect their well-being. 

There are various issues your children could experience after hearing the news of a similar life change. Part of protecting their futures throughout this process could involve taking steps to prepare to address each of their concerns and making decisions based on what is in their best interests. 

Needs of the kids 

The process of helping the kids cope with divorce may start before you even sit them down and break the news. Some tips that may help you navigate this process could include: 

  • News of divorce:  There is a chance your kids may benefit most if you and the other parent can manage to take a united approach to the initial discussion and provide them with reassurances of love and support. 
  • Age as a factor:  It could also be helpful to seek insight on how the age of your children could influence how the news might affect them and how to address their needs and concerns. 
  • Positive atmosphere:  Promoting a positive atmosphere and shielding your kids from conflict and negativity could also help them adjust to the changes in their lives with less difficulty. 
  • Addressing routines:  Providing the kids with stability by discussing ways to keep similar routines in each household could also prove vital to protecting their interests. 

Allowing your kids to express their feelings and answering any questions they might have could also help mitigate confusion and help prevent them from experiencing feelings of guilt or blame. 

The future 

While the idea of speaking to the kids about the end of a marriage can be stressful, the way you handle this process could have a significant impact on how your kids react to the situation. Finding ways to address every necessary topic and understanding some of the issues your kids might experience could prove integral to helping them cope with the situation. Seeking insight on how to prepare for such a process could help place you in a better position to take the necessary steps to safeguard their futures.