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Your attitude can shape your child’s thoughts during divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2021 | Family Law

Going through a divorce is hard for anyone, but people who have children are going to find that things are even more complicated. Not only do you have to deal with the normal divorce matters like property division, but you’ll also have to work through child custody matters.

Children might be frightened when they hear their parents are divorcing. It’s up to the parents to shape how the children view the divorce. Your behavior can have a considerable impact on the kids. Let’s look at two things that can help.

Communicate calmly

The way you communicate with your ex says a lot to the children. If they see you arguing a lot, they may think that they have to choose sides. It’s best to communicate clearly with them. If there are contentious matters to discuss, you should do so when the children aren’t around. It’s still a good idea to remain calm. Thinking of your ex as a business associate might be beneficial here.

Answer questions

Your children will likely have questions about what happened and what’s going to happen. You should be prepared to answer these in an age-appropriate manner. Be sure that you’re providing accurate answer, and don’t make promises that you might not be able to keep. Additionally, be sure that you don’t say negative things about your ex. Even if you aren’t getting along, they’re still your child’s other parent.

Parents who are going through a divorce have to think about the children when they make decisions. One way that you might be able to give them some stability is getting the parenting plan set. You should do this according to what they need now. In the future, you can modify the order as their needs change.