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Include Children in Conversations About What the Divorce Means for Them

Posted on : August 13, 2018, By:  Erlina Perez

Telling your kids that you’re planning to get a divorce is never easy. In fact, it might be something you’re dreading entirely. Although it might be uncomfortable for you, you should be prepared to talk with your spouse about the best way to broach this issue.

Are you concerned about how to break the news of an impending divorce to your children? It is often one of the most difficult aspects for parents who have recognized that the divorce is in their best interests but don’t want to further traumatize the children anymore. However, a new study shows that failing to include children in at least some of the information about what the divorce means for their life could prove problematic and make it more difficult for the children to adjust to all of the upcoming changes. A new study found that children want to be included in conversations for information shared about what will happen in their life.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics gathered information from children between the ages of 10 and 17 years old, indicating that those children often feel left out when it comes to the big decisions regarding the next chapter in their lives. More than 60 children and teenagers who had lived through parents’ divorce provided insight and many of them said that they felt they were kept in the dark and not included in the information that directly related to how their lives would be different as a result of the divorce. As a divorcing parent, it can be hard to figure out where to draw the line with sharing information with your children, but doing so can make your children feel much more comfortable and at least prepare them for the changes which might be dramatic and a big shift for them. If you are curious about how best to break the news and all of the other legal aspects involved in concluding your case, you need the support of an experienced family attorney.