How to talk to children about divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Divorce And Dissolution

Your children will eventually know about your divorce. You can help prepare your children by talking to them early.

Talking to children about divorce is not an easy task, which is why you can read the following to help you prepare: 

When is the right time to talk to your children?

You will likely know best when is the right time and the wrong time to talk to your children about your divorce. There are some times that are better than others. For example, you may not want to tell your children the news just before they go to school. This could leave them confused with a lot of questions and afraid of the future. Instead, you may consider a time when the entire family is together and can spend an hour talking about the divorce, such as at lunch or dinner.

What should you tell your children?

What your children know about the divorce can ultimately depend on their age. If your children are still very young, possibly below their teens, then you may only want to give them basic information. Younger kids may not understand the complexities of divorce. 

However, if your children are in their teens and early adult years, then you may want to talk to them separately to discuss in detail about the divorce. Your young adult children may have more questions and feelings about the divorce. 

Addressing the divorce can help prepare your children for the future.

Have you finalized the details of your divorce?

The more you know about your divorce, the more it can help when you talk to your children.  You may need to reach out for legal help to discuss your divorce options.