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Speaking with children about divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2023 | Divorce

Ending a marriage is challenging for the spouses involved, even when both parties are determined to make it as amicable as possible. However, divorce can be just as challenging for any young children involved in the process. Here are some tips for talking to children about divorce in Texas. 

Speaking clearly 

Children sometimes do not understand how a divorce will affect their family. Even older kids may falsely believe that their family will be reunited one day. Parents going through a divorce must be concise and upfront with their children about ending their marriage to prevent confusion. They may want to emphasize to their children that they pondered the decision to divorce extensively and feel it is the best choice for the entire family. 

Finding common ground 

Parents getting divorced would be wise to strive to see eye to eye on the details revolving around their children. These details may range from what their weekly schedules will be, how they will handle the holidays and what responsibilities both parents will assume to meet their children’s needs. Not being aligned in the areas may lead to additional tension, which may deprive their children of the feelings of security, stability and relief they need to feel their best. 

How an attorney can help 

Figuring out how to navigate the divorce process with young children can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, an attorney in Texas can help a parent going through a divorce create a parenting plan with the other party that reflects both parties’ wishes and the children’s best interests. The attorney will also be prepared to litigate child custody on behalf of his or her client if the two parents cannot find common ground in this area.