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Telling your kids you are getting divorced

If you believe that you and your spouse are headed for a divorce, the number of things running through your head may be endless. If you have young children still at home, concerns about their welfare during and after the divorce are likely to be among your top priorities. One specific thing that many Florida parents sometimes struggle with is the conversation with children in which they are initially told about the divorce.

The Huffington Post provides many tips for parents in this situation. One of the most important may well be to wait until you are absolutely sure that divorce is the path that you are in fact going down. If you and your spouse are only talking about the possibility of splitting up, there is no reason to say anything to your children. Worrying them or upsetting them only to later determine that no divorce ensues is putting kids through something for no reason.

Once you know that you are getting divorced, you should carve out a special time to talk to your kids. Make sure everyone is well rested and well fed and that there is ample time for discussion. Encourage kids to ask questions and answer them as honestly as you can. Take caution to avoid blaming yourself, your spouse and especially your children for the divorce.

If you would like to learn more about how to talk to your kids about your divorce, please feel free to visit the divorcing with children page of our Florida family law website.

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