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Explaining divorce to your children

One of the most difficult parts of divorce is having to explain to your children what is happening. This can be a heartbreaking thing to do, no matter what age they are. Their ages and their personalities will also have an impact on how you decide to do this.

It is very important to keep communication open with your children, and to create an environment where they can feel that they can ask you anything that they are concerned or scared about. The following are some guidelines about speaking to your children about your divorce.

Present a united front

The best way to approach the subject of divorce is by telling them as a couple. This will reassure and ease them, making them feel that you will both still be there to love and support them.

Don't get into the details

You don't need to explain every detail to your children about your marital issues. It is healthy to give a general reason as to why you are separating, and explain that you believe that you will be both happier people and better parents as a result.

Explain the changes that will take place

Children can get very anxious about the prospect of uncertainty and change. Therefore, if you explain to them the changes that are going to happen, it will mean that they feel more in control. Learning about positive changes, for example, spending more quality time with each parent, can help them make the adjustment.

If you are facing the prospect of divorce, it is important that you understand all the legal implications for you and your family.

Source: The Spruce, "How to Tell Kids About Divorce," accessed Feb. 07, 2018

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