Have Open ConversationsHonesty is the best policy. When talking to your children about you and your spouse getting a divorce, have an open conversation about what is happening. While not every detail should be shared, let your child know that changes will be taking place and what the new arrangements will look like.
Encourage Sharing of FeelingsLet your child know that it's okay to feel hurt or scared or sad or confused about this process. It can be a relief for your child if they know you are working through similar feelings. Encourage your kids to share their feelings throughout this process. It can be helpful for an uninvolved adult or therapist to be around for your child, as well.
Don't Discuss IssuesAvoid discussing emotionally charged situations about your spouse or the divorce process in front of your child. There is no reason to involve your child in the drama of your divorce. At this point, it's best to keep the view of both parents positive. Try to steer clear of talking negatively about your spouse in front of your children.
Establish a RoutineWhile you may have had a good routine before your divorce, things around your home may have changed. Establishing a new routine can help provide stability for your children. This time is already difficult for them and a routine may be the thing they can consistently count on. Try to get you and your spouse on the same page about the routine. If possible, the routine should be consistent no matter which parent the child is staying with.
This is a hard time for everyone involved, especially your children. As your divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to make this difficult process as easy as possible. With the above tips, you can now feel confident as you offer support for your child who is also going through a hard time. If you are getting ready to file for divorce, contact Gibbons Law Firm. Your first consultation with us is always free!
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