If you decide to divorce, you must realize the impact it will have on your children. By taking the right steps upfront, you can put your children in a position to live the best life possible after your divorce is finalized.
Here are some of the top questions children ask about divorce:
- Why is this happening? It's not easy to answer, so the best thing you can do is be open and honest. Explain the divorce process and what it means.
- Where will I live? Your children may understand you're splitting from their other parent, but that doesn't mean they have a firm grasp on how it will impact them. They may have concerns about where they'll live and who will live there with them.
- Will you get back together in the future? Many children assume that divorce is only temporary. Explain that you're no longer married, but it doesn't change how you and their other parent feel about them.
- How will this alter my daily schedule? After divorce, your children won't have the same schedule. Share with them what will change, while explaining the benefits of these adjustments.
- Is it my fault? It's hard to explain to children that they have nothing to do with your divorce, but it's important that you do whatever it takes to make this clear. You should never let your children think they had a hand in your marital problems.
Once you answer these questions, you'll feel better about the well-being of your children and how they'll deal with the divorce. You'll also feel better about moving forward with the process and focusing on your legal rights every step of the way.