How to Prepare Your Children for Divorce
Posted By Posted by Givens Givens Sparks on Dec 7, 2015 3:44pm PST || Dec 7, 2015
The decision to divorce is never easy. It’s even more daunting when you have children because you have to explain the situation to them. It is often difficult because children may not understand what’s happening or why. It is important for parents to take the necessary time to have this important conversation with their children. At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa divorce lawyers provide tips on how you can prepare your children for divorce.
Explain It Is Not Their Fault
When a couple divorces, it is easy for the children to feel that they played some role in why it has happened. As a parent, you must speak with your children about the divorce in a delicate manner and help them understand that they are not to blame for the divorce and that they did nothing wrong.
Discuss Their Feelings
Give your children an open forum to talk about their feelings. This is important so your children can feel that their concerns are expressed, as well as their needs. This can also give you, as a parent, a better idea of what your children would like regarding the divorce and if they have any specific desires.
Tell Them How the Process Works
The children are most likely going to have a lot of questions moving forward. Possible court proceedings, discussions with attorneys, and the idea of losing time with a parent can be scary. Let your children know what your plans are to prepare them for this. If possible, try to avoid this kind of exposure by working through an uncontested divorce.
Avoid Forcing Them to Choose
Because divorce will involve various factors such as child support and custody, it is important to let your children know they have options. However, you should not force them to make a decision and choose between the two parents; nor should you make them feel bad if they do make a choice.
At Givens Givens Sparks, we are committed to helping families get through the difficult legal matters concerning divorce. You should understand your rights and options to avoid any potential conflict and our team is here to guide you every step of the way. Contact our firm to get started on your family law case today.