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5 Tips on Telling Your Children You are Getting a Divorce

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-24.jpgIf you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you may be wondering how to break the news to your children. The truth is informing your children that you are going to get a divorce is a difficult task. Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce the pain and discomfort of this conversation and give your children the peace of mind they deserve. Here are five tips you should keep in mind when you tell your children about your divorce:

  1. Wait Until The Decision Has Been Finalized. You should avoid telling your children about your divorce unless you and your spouse have made a final decision. It is a good idea to wait until you have signed the divorce paperwork and custody documents and one of you is about to move out. 
  2. Make It Clear That It is Not Your Children’s Fault. Oftentimes, children wrongly believe that a divorce is their fault. You should make it a priority to make it clear to your children that your divorce has nothing to do with them. Simply tell them that you and your spouse grew apart or no longer get along well as a couple. 
  3. Refrain From Blaming. Although it may be easier said than done, you and your spouse should refrain from blaming one another in front of your children. If you blame one another, your children are more likely to choose sides and be upset with one, if not both, of you. 
  4. Do Not Share Inappropriate Information. The adult details of your divorce should stay between you and your spouse.  If you share inappropriate information with your children, they may resent you. Therefore, it is in your best interest to keep the conversation focused on your children rather than on you and your spouse. Let your children know when they will see you and your spouse, whether they will be moving, and other details that will affect their lives.
  5. Choose the Right Time. You should wait until you and your spouse are feeling emotionally stable and ready to support your children. Letting their teacher,  guidance counselor, and other close family members know before you tell them is a wise decision. Do not break the news to them before their birthday or another special occasion, or in a public setting. 

Contact Our Milwaukee County Divorce Lawyers

Once you and your spouse provide your children with an age-appropriate and neutral explanation of your divorce, you will both feel a sense of relief. If you are considering divorce, you should contact our Milwaukee County divorce lawyers today by calling at 262-203-4916. 

 

Source: 

https://psychcentral.com/blog/6-ways-to-tell-your-kids-youre-divorcing/ 

 

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