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Divorce with Kids: How to Help your Child Cope with Divorce

Posted by LEISA WINTZ | May 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Often, a divorce is an unpredictable event and can cause a wave of change in your life. As a parent, you're probably thinking about the effects divorce trauma could have on your child. Undoubtedly, your priority is to ensure that your child feels heard and supported. Divorce with kids can be challenging, no matter their age. Luckily, there are ways you can be helpful to your child during this transition. Keep reading our blog to better understand how to navigate divorce with kids and how to avoid divorce trauma with children.

Divorce with Kids

Children express their feelings differently, depending on their physical and emotional age. A parent needs to be as open and honest as possible when discussing divorce with kids. For example, you should try to understand what your child is feeling by having an in-depth conversation with them where they can ask you as many questions as they like. During this time, you should listen closely to them and their concerns. Like adults, your kid will often think about how their future may turn out. You want your child to be heard, whether it's a negative or positive reaction. Your child will want to feel loved and assured that they're not at fault for the dissolution of the marriage.

It's impossible to predict exactly how your child will react to the news of their parents splitting up and consider what life after divorce will be like for them. The conversation can vary on the maturity and age of the kid, as well as what details you provide. Generally, it is better to allow them to ask the questions so you don't overwhelm them with information they are not mentally or emotionally mature enough to handle. In some instances, both parents should speak about how to break the news before announcing the divorce to the children, if possible. It is still recommended to speak with your child even at the young age of 2, as not discussing the topic at hand could cause more stress and tension.

Divorce Trauma Effects on Kids

If you aren't continually checking in with your child and their thoughts and feelings, you could be missing an opportunity to explain and bond with them. Children can sense when there is a change in the home environment and when tension continues to build. You may be considering whether or not to talk to your child about the situation and life after divorce. We recommend speaking with your kid about the situation rather than leaving them in the dark. Please note that you should speak to your child only after you have decided, so you don't cause unnecessary stress if things change. You want to have the conversation as soon as the divorce process begins.

A divorce is not an easy situation for anyone to go through. It can be challenging if you are worried about the long term effects of divorce on your child. However, the best way to put your child's mind at ease is to speak openly and honestly. Give your child all the love and support during these times. Reassure your child that they are loved and that the divorce is not their fault. Over time, things will get easier on everyone.

If you are considering a divorce and wondering how best to handle a divorce with kids, it's best to speak with experienced professionals well-versed in family law. The skilled attorneys at Family Matters Law Group take each case individually and provide clients with the patience and understanding necessary to properly handle their individual needs and goals and provide tailored solutions to that individual family's legal and emotional needs. Contact us today to discuss your family's specific needs.

About the Author

LEISA WINTZ

Leisa Wintz originally began her career as a marriage and family therapist. Ms. Wintz went on to attend law school and started practicing family law in 2009. However, she quickly realized that many family law practices lacked the empathy and compassion she believed were necessary in order to achi...

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