Though children range in age, development and responses to difficult circumstances, it is important to be open and honest with them if you have chosen to go through a divorce. While honesty needs to stay at an appropriate level, telling a child what is happening and what kinds of changes are going to happen will help ease some of their anxiety. You may also want to talk with a psychologist to best understand how to emotionally support your children.
- Collaborate with professionals to help you keep conflict to a minimum so the children will not be affected by it.
- Divorce tends to make younger children more dependent while teenagers become more independent.
- Be honest with the children about why you are getting divorced, but do not include details that are not age appropriate.
“This approach brings psychologists together with lawyers to help divorcing clients reach agreements that enhance and foster their own, and their children’s healthy adjustment.”