Helping your kids deal with your divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2021 | Divorce |

Kentucky parents who are getting a divorce will be understandably concerned about their children. A child’s best interest is the primary focus and that dictates custody and visitation. It is imperative that the parents ensure the children understand what is happening and assist them with adjusting to the new circumstances.

Strategies for parents to help their children during a divorce

There are fundamental points to bear in mind when getting a divorce and preparing the children for the future. Telling the children about the divorce can be difficult, but explaining it jointly can be effective. The kids should not be put in the middle nor made to feel as if they are somehow responsible.

Kids can react differently depending on their age and maturity. They will likely have questions. When answering, extensive details are not required. Simply telling them what is happening in a general way is sufficient. They will also need to cope with the changes. Undoubtedly, there will be sadness and other emotions. Encouragement is essential. They should not be afraid to speak their minds, show their feelings and receive professional help if necessary.

Regardless of potential acrimony between parents, they should be on the same page with the children. That means adhering to certain routines and disciplining the children jointly. Even with the possibility of lingering disagreements between the parents, arguing in front of the kids is unwise as this can cause tension and stress that they should not be confronted with.

Finally, the living situation will take adjustment. In a divorce, custody and visitation arrangements can vary between joint custody, sole custody and various templates for when the noncustodial parent will see the children.

Assistance may be critical with kids in a divorce

Children are a sensitive topic in a divorce, and it is vital to know their needs and how to care for them. Parents should be cognizant of any potential problems they might face. Turning to their support network, which may include therapists and other professionals, may help parents with mitigating challenges.