5 rules for telling your children about your divorce

Going through the divorce process will be tough on you. Just the same, you can expect your children to face difficulties along the way. It's your job to do whatever it takes to put their mind at ease during this challenging time.

Here are five rules to follow when telling your children about your divorce:

  • Have a plan: Know what you want to say and how you want to convey your message. This avoids a situation in which you're stuck and not sure of what to do next.
  • Be ready to answer questions: If your children are old enough to talk, they are likely to have questions about your divorce. You must be willing to answer every last one.
  • Don't lie to them: It's easy to tell your children what they want to hear, but this will only make things worse. Be open and honest from the start.
  • Do it at the right time: It's not a good idea to tell your children about your divorce right before they leave for school or a few minutes before they go to bed. You need enough time in your schedule to touch on everything.
  • Let them know you're always available to talk: This may be the most important step, as you want your children to come to you in the future should they have anything else on their mind.

When you follow these rules, you'll find it easier to tell your children about your divorce.

Once you're on the same page, you can turn most your attention to the divorce process, including the best ways to prepare and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights in regard to child custody, child support, property division and other matters.

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