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How can you prepare your kid for divorce?

| Sep 7, 2018 | Family Law |

Wisconsin parents will swiftly find that there really isn’t a good or easy way of letting your child know that you and your spouse plan on getting a divorce. However, while all options come with some sort of difficulty, there are some ways that are better for breaking the news than others.

The virtual magazine Parents lets you look at the different ways to tell your kid that you’re divorcing your spouse. Generally speaking, they suggest trying to minimize chances of your child feeling like they are at fault in some way for the divorce. You can do so by addressing the family on a whole rather than singling them out, and by presenting a unified front with your spouse. Though this may seem difficult to accomplish, it’s of crucial importance.

They also suggest that you be open, but the right amount of open. For example, your kids don’t really need to know the details of the affair that spurred you toward divorce. There are some matters that are best left undiscussed. However, you should be open to answering questions they might have and should provide all the information necessary so that they know they aren’t to blame. Expect mixed reactions as well, since children do not always know how to process complex things like divorce.

Children will take the blame onto themselves very easily, which is an unfortunate truth. To prevent that from happening, consider following these steps. Additionally, you may benefit from seeking the advice of an attorney who can help guide you through the legal process and alleviate some stress from your shoulders.