Divorce is not easy for children. When parents place their own needs before their children’s, the repercussions of divorce can be even more damaging. In divorces in which parents focus on the children and how decisions will affect them, children often fare much better.
Some parents even have the foresight to accept that they simply do not know what is best for their children because they have never weathered a divorce before. The following will review some tips to help minimize the negative impact of divorce on your children.
Avoid Bad-Mouthing the Parent Other in Front of the Children
You should avoid talking disrespectfully about the other parent in front of the children. Regardless of how you might feel about the parent, the children share a different relationship with this person, and sharing damning statements will only damage the child’s perspective of the other parent.
Instead, even if the other parent behaves poorly, you should remember that you have the ability to control how you act during this difficult time.
Consider the Children’s Future
Because divorce can greatly interfere with a child’s life, now is an excellent time to plan for what the child’s future holds. Some issues that parents should anticipate include:
- Potential revisions to the parenting schedule
- How the relocation of either parent will be handled
- How to handle either parent dating someone else
- How advanced education for the child will be paid
Provide Support for the Child
Divorce impacts some children more than others. Not every child whose parents divorce ends up needing therapy. If a child does, however, need extra support, you should be prepared to provide it.
Whether your children would most benefit from talking to a therapist will depend on their unique circumstances. You should monitor the child’s well-being and be prepared to provide help if it appears necessary.
Break the News Together
When the time comes to tell children about the divorce, you should deliver this news as a couple. This way, there is no confusion in the child about how each parent feels about the end of the marriage. Your children will remember this moment for the rest of their lives, which is why it is a good idea to be cautious about how you share the news.
How you handle things during this time can have a substantial impact on how your children are able to cope with the divorce. While it can be tempting to share more news about the divorce than children need to know, you should refrain from doing so. Instead, now is the time to communicate simple and positive messages. Let your children know that you will love them no matter what happens.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney
If you need assistance navigating a divorce or help resolving issues with your children, it can help to speak with an experienced divorce attorney. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. to schedule a free case evaluation.