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Seeking guidance on how to talk to the kids about divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2019 | divorce/marital dissolution

Upon making the decision to take separate paths in life, parents in California and elsewhere may wish to seek out ways to help their children cope with the process. The manner in which their parents handle the situation could have a substantial influence on how kids handle the news of divorce. While speaking with the kids about a similar life event could prove intimidating, it could also prove essential to safeguarding their well-being.

When facing divorce, parents may feel it best to shield their kids from the process for as long as possible. However, children can be perceptive, and attempting to avoid having the conversation with them could cause them to try and form their own conclusions. To prevent this, parents may find it helpful to talk to the kids early on and explain the situation to them in a manner in which they can grasp.

While some children may immediately respond to the news with questions, others may be somewhat more hesitant to express concerns. Providing them with reassurances and keeping watch over their behavior in the weeks to come could prove essential to addressing any issues they may experience. Parents may also find it helpful to provide the kids with as much stability as possible during this time, as keeping previous routines and schedules could help make the transition less difficult for them.

Although the news of divorce will inherently affect the kids, parents may still wish to take steps to reduce the impact it will have on their future. For guidance on the challenges they may face and how to address each in turn, parents in California could benefit from consulting with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help a client better understand what to expect from the process and assist him or her in pursuing the most favorable outcomes achievable concerning the future of the kids during legal proceedings.