Helping your kids through the divorce process 

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Family Law |

Divorce can be very tough on spouses. Few people relish the prospect of a breakup and while starting again can be exciting, it’s also challenging. 

Kids, particularly younger children, tend to find divorce especially tricky. They do not yet have the tools required to navigate such a complex process. And, they may lack the understanding of why exactly their parents are splitting up.

Fortunately, both parents can make it easier for them. Here are a few points to keep in mind:

Calm behavior rubs off on the children 

If divorcing parents are arguing with each other, then this is likely to have a negative impact on the children. Children look up to their parents for guidance on how to behave. At the same time, if parents can remain calm, then this will rub off on them. 

The divorce process is never going to be easy, and disagreements are bound to arise, but these can be negotiated calmly and objectively. One of the most effective ways to help children cope with divorce is for parents to show a united front. The romantic relationship may be ending, but the parenting relationship with the kids will remain intact, just in a different format. 

Signs that children are struggling 

Sadly, children often blame themselves for divorce. They may think that their behavior caused their parents to split up. Both parents need to keep an eye out for anxiety, guilt, poor school reports and withdrawal from social activities. The concerns of children can be answered in an age-appropriate manner, which can help put their minds at ease.  

Having legal guidance on your side gives you a better chance of keeping the divorce process as calm as possible for the kids.