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Tips to Help Your Children Cope with Divorce

Tips to Help Your Children Cope with Divorce

Divorce causes emotional strain on everyone involved, but it is often most difficult for children. Young people may be unable to fully grasp why the divorce is happening, and some may even believe they are to blame for their parents’ decision to separate.

There will be a lot on your mind during your divorce, but it’s important to prioritize the happiness and well-being of your children. As Ohio family attorneys, we understand how divorce affects kids and are dedicated to ensuring your children are protected throughout the process. The following are some tips to help your children cope with your divorce:

  • Be there: Your children may experience the same emotions you do. Be available to them when they need you, whether it’s to listen to their concerns or simply give them a hug. Let your children tell you about their day or cry when they need to do so. Just because you are getting divorced does not mean your role as a parent changes.
  • Be as empathetic as possible: Every child handles grief and stress differently. Acknowledge your child’s feelings, whatever they are, and use different approaches with each child as necessary based on his or her reactions to the news. Reassure your kids you will always love them — no matter what.
  • Get help if needed: At times, you’ll be unable to truly reach your children and make sure they are okay. If this is the case, do not be afraid to seek the help of a therapist. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
  • Do not inhibit your child’s relationship with the other parent: Divorces often involve hard feelings between you and your former spouse. However, you should never prevent your children from having a relationship with the other parent (unless it’s necessary due to mental illness, violence or abuse). It is in your children’s best interests to have positive relationships with both parents whenever possible.

It’s never easy dealing with divorce, and having children makes the process even more stressful. Keep these tips in mind as you approach the subject with your kids. For further guidance, reach out to an experienced divorce lawyer in Dayton, Ohio at Fox & Associates Co., LPA.

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