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The Process of Telling Children About Divorce

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Dec 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Parenting through divorce depends upon effective communication and offering practical support during this transitional phase. Here, we explore effective communication techniques, reactions from children and how best to assist their adjustment. In addition, we'll also cover some benefits of hiring a divorce lawyer and offer some steps for finding one who suits your situation.

 

What to Say and Not to Say When Telling Your Kids About Your Divorce?

Communicating your divorce to your children can be difficult, and choosing the appropriate words to deliver this news can make all the difference in their response. Honesty should always come first but also pay attention to language choices - here is a brief guideline:

Do: 

  • For maximum privacy, choose an ideal and peaceful location.
  • Utilize age-appropriate words.
  • Assure them of your love and support for them.
 

Donts:

  • Do not hold either parent accountable.
  • Avoid complex details. Avoid making promises you cannot keep.
  • Do not overlook the importance of emphasizing the permanence of your decision.

 

What could be the possible reactions?

Divorce can have many implications for children. Understanding their reactions will enable you to give them the support they need.

  • Children may express emotions such as sadness, confusion, anger, and shock.
  • As part of an adjustment period, emotional outbursts or behavioral changes could occur.
  • Encourage them to express themselves freely, assuring them of the validity of their feelings.

 

What can I do to support my children during a divorce?

Supporting your children throughout a divorce is vital. Here are a few effective strategies:

  • Maintain a Routine: Make it part of your everyday activities to follow a regular eating, sleeping, and activity routine.
  • Encourage Expression: Initiate open conversation with children, this can enable them to freely express any of their emotions without feeling restricted.
  • Counseling: Consider therapy as an additional form of support.
  • Quality Time: Spending quality time with your children, emphasizing your presence.

 

Why it is beneficial to hire a divorce attorney?

Divorce can be an intricate legal process, and hiring an attorney to guide the filing can make it simpler and faster. Here's why:

  • Legal Knowledge and Expertise: Attorneys have extensive expertise in family and divorce law and will protect your rights throughout.
  • Objective Advice: An attorney provides impartial counsel that helps make informed choices easier.
  • Paperwork and Legal Processes: Attorneys offer services to take on all the paperwork and legal processes for you to save both time and stress.

 

When should you hire an attorney?

Determine when it is appropriate to hire a divorce attorney.  Consider legal help when:

  • Negotiations become contentious.
  • Arranging for child custody arrangements
  • Financial complexities arise.

 

What criteria can be used to select an effective attorney?

Selecting an experienced divorce attorney takes careful thought. Consider these criteria when making your choice:

  • Experience: Select an attorney with proven success in family law.
  • Communication Skills: Make sure your attorney keeps you updated and communicates well.
  • Customer Reviews: Reading testimonials and customer reviews provide you with an opportunity to gain more information about an attorney's reputation.

 

Why Choose Drama-Free Divorce?

We strive to offer exceptional legal assistance tailored to the unique circumstances of each of our clients, adhering to these criteria:

  • Experience: Our team has vast expertise in divorce and family law. Rest easy knowing that your case will be managed by competent professionals.
  • Communication Excellence: We take great care in communicating clearly and regularly, keeping you updated at all times.
  • Reputation: View our client testimonials to gain an understanding of our commitment to meeting their satisfaction.

 

Suggested Action Steps

Here are a few steps that will get the ball rolling:

  • Consult a lawyer about your circumstances to understand where you stand legally.
  • Collection and review of relevant documents should take place.
  • Discover our resources to assist with effective communication between you and your children after divorce.
  • Start the process confidently knowing that you have a legal partner on your side.

As previously discussed, approaching divorce sensitively and with care can ensure a more positive transition for children. Contact us today at 816 615-5555 or send us an email on our Contact Page.

About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 

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