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Family Law Tips: Talking to Your Child About Divorce

Friday, January 15, 2016
Family Law Tips: Talking to Your Child About Divorce
  • No one gets married thinking they will get divorced. Unfortunately, nearly half of all marriages end this way and many of those include children. Talking with your child about the situation can be helpful in starting the healing process. Use the following tips to help your child through the uncertainty.

    How To Talk To Your Children:

    • Make sure your kids know they are not the reason for the divorce. 
    • Your children will likely want to know the causes for the split. Share an age appropriate response with them. 
    • Explain that both parents love them even if one of the parents will not live in the same house.
    • If it has been decided, talk with your children about how their life will change. This may include where they will live, with whom, and when they will see their other parent.
    • Assure your child that you are available to answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

    What To Do For Your Children:

    • Encourage your kids to continue their participation in school activities, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
    • Stick to a routine that fits your family's needs. While change is inevitable during this time, finding a routine that works for you will help to give your children a sense of normalcy.
    • Make sure your children spend adequate time with both parents.
    • Give your children reassurance by showing them the love they desire. This helps to alleviate some of the sadness and fears they are dealing with.

    A divorce is a big transition for everyone involved. Use these tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible for your children. If you have any family law questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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