How can I help my school-aged child understand divorce?

| Nov 3, 2016 | Child Custody |

If you and your spouse have decided to get divorced and you have school-aged children, you will need to figure out how to break the news to the kids. Many other Georgia parents have struggled with the best ways to do this. While every child and every situation is unique, following are some tips from BabyCenter that can help you through the process.

One of the cardinal rules you should follow is to not say anything to your child about your divorce until you know for sure you are getting one. Letting kids know about the possibility of such a change only puts undue stress on them. Their minds are likely to come up with all kinds of potential scenarios that may in the end be worse than the actual reality. You can prevent this angst for them by waiting until you have something concrete and definite to say.

In that vein, being very concrete when you tell your kids about the divorce is equally important. Stick to the basic facts about what their daily lives will look like. Identify what will stay the same, what will change and what the changes will look like. This gives kids a sense of structure to their lives which provides essential stability for them. You will want to talk about things when you have no other distractions or time constraints to keep focused and allow extra time to be with your kids after breaking the news. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but instead is meant to help parents in Georgia guide their school-aged children through the initial stages of a parental divorce.

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