Divorce is hard on everyone involved, but it can be especially tough on children. Children tend to take their parents’ failed marriage very personal and they can have a hard time coping with the impending changes. However, even though divorce can be difficult for children, when parents stay in a bad marriage just for their kids’ sake, the situation can be even worse.
There are some things that you can do to help prepare your kids to receive, and accept, the news that you are getting a divorce. Let’s take a look at some of things that might help them cope:
- Write down how you are going to tell them and what you are going to say. Then, schedule a specific time to tell them and allow enough time for discussion.
- Be prepared to discuss your plans again and again, as your children might not want to talk about it initially. There’s a good chance they will want to talk later.
- Do your best to put yourself in your child’s frame of mind and be empathetic to their situation.
- Be honest and straightforward. Avoid half-truths and beating around the bush.
Although kids might have a difficult time dealing with divorce, sometimes it’s still the best solution for the entire family. If you need help with your divorce then you can contact us at Ronald Johnston Family Law. We are divorce attorneys in Portland OR who can help you with all aspects of your divorce. Give us a call at 503-226-7986 or click here to contact us online.