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Telling children about Texas divorce can be challenging

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A marital separation is difficult for everyone involved, but most notably upon any children involved. A Texas divorce can profoundly influence a child's life and lead him or her to be frightened, confused and alone. Many family law commentators agree it is vital to carefully handle how to break the news of an impending separation to children. This may help to mitigate any potential impact on the child's development or emotional well-being.

Taking time to discuss with a spouse exactly what will be conveyed to the children is a key element of expressing positivity in the face of a major life change, some observers note. Presenting a "united front" is just as important in divorce as it is in marriage. Ideally, telling children as a couple can also underscore this united front.

Sharing details of the separation is an individual decision, but many experts agree that any details shared about the divorce should be age-appropriate and tailored to avoid emotions like anger or resentment. It is important to remember, some say, that a former spouse will always be a child's parent. Cutting one another down in front of the kids can be detrimental to their relationship with one or both parents.

A Texas divorce can be a challenging path to walk, particularly when issues like child support and custody must be dealt with at the negotiation table. Nevertheless, the vast majority of parents want what is best for their children. How divorcing spouses deal with breaking the news to their kids can have a significant impact on how the divorce will affect them in the months and years to come.

Source: thesouthern.com, How to tell your children about the divorce, No author, Feb. 23, 2014

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