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How to help your children through a divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2024 | Family Law |

Divorce is naturally hard on children. It is important that you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse work together to put their best interests first.

Maintain routines and stability

Children thrive on routine and stability. Try to keep their daily schedules as consistent as possible. Consistent routines help children feel more in control during a time of uncertainty.

Communicate openly

Explain the situation in a way that is age-appropriate and honest. Avoid blaming the other parent and make it clear that the divorce is not their fault. Reassure them that both parents will always love and support them, despite the changes in the family. 

Encourage the expression of feelings

Encourage your children to express their feelings and listen to them without judgment.  Sometimes children may benefit from speaking with a counselor or therapist who can help them navigate their emotions and help them learn effective coping mechanisms.

Co-parent effectively

Effective co-parenting is crucial for your children’s well-being. Work with your ex-spouse to create a co-parenting plan that prioritizes your children’s needs. If the relationship between you and your ex-spouse has deteriorated significantly, you may want outside help from a counselor or mediator to develop this plan.

Work through the challenges

Divorce is hard on everyone, but if you have children, the most important thing is to put their well-being first. When the dust settles, you’ll find that your own strength and resilience have helped you cope and have also provided a stable foundation for your children to heal and thrive during an emotionally turbulent time.