Helping Children Through Divorce

Providing the Care Necessary

When parents file for divorce, the children also suffer some of the consequences. They may feel confused and alone, not knowing what is going on or why their parents are no longer together. It is important that you take steps to help your children work through it. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for helping your children cope with divorce.

Be Honest

Talk to your child about the divorce in an age-appropriate way. This means being honest and open while also keeping things as simple as possible. Avoid using words that might scare them or make them feel like they are responsible for the divorce.

Let Them Be Heard

Encourage your child to express their frustrations. It's normal and okay for children to feel a range of emotions during this time, so let them know that it's okay to express what they're feeling. You can help them by providing outlets for their emotions, such as journaling, drawing, or talking to a therapist.

Provide Constant Reassurance

Always make sure that your child knows and believes that they are not responsible for the divorce. While harder than it sounds, it's important a child understands that they are not responsible for the divorce nor is it their job to fix things. Reassure them that both you and their other parent still love them and will continue to be involved in their life.

Give Them Support

Create a support system for your child. This could include close family members, friends, or even a therapist. Encourage them to ask you any questions they have or share their concerns.

Ask for Help from a Divorce Attorney

Divorce can be taxing for everyone involved, but it's especially hard on children. As a parent, you have the ability to support your child through this difficult time by being honest, open, and supportive.

If you need help or guidance on how to proceed in a divorce, know that the team at Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices is here for you. We will treat you with the personalized attention you deserve and help you through every step of your divorce.

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