Mistakes to avoid when preparing children for a divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2024 | Divorce |

A divorce is a highly challenging time for everyone in the family, but it can be more difficult for children, who will have to uproot their lives with the separation of their parents. For parents, making this transition as smooth as possible for their children may be their top priority. However, even with the best intentions, mistakes can be made, especially during divorce.

Here are the most significant blunders parents should avoid to make the divorce process easier for their children.

Not preparing them for changes

Whether it is moving to a new house, changing schools or adapting to a co-parenting schedule, any changes can feel overwhelming for children, especially those in their developing years. Some parents might think they are protecting their children by not sharing too much information too soon, but this can make them feel more anxious and uncertain.

Having an honest conversation about what will remain the same and what will be different can significantly help them prepare for the upcoming changes. This discussion will also give them a chance to express their feelings and ask questions about their future.

Making them choose sides

Divorce can be a highly adversarial situation that can leave children in a tough spot between two clashing parents. Amid tensions and emotional arguments, parents might say things that make their children feel like they must choose one parent over the other. This can be significantly harmful to their well-being, causing trauma that can last for years.

Make it clear to them that they do not have to pick a side and let them know that it is okay to love both parents despite the divorce. Furthermore, try to avoid any negative comments about the other parent, as this can make them feel guilty about something they are too young to understand.

Raising children requires consistency and stability – elements that are typically hard to come by in divorce scenarios. However, creating a healthy environment for children during this challenging time is possible through open communication, reassurance and support. For parents struggling with the legal processes of divorce, consulting with an attorney can help them prepare for the separation and ease the burden for everyone in the family.