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Helping your children cope with the news of divorce in Texas

Breaking the news of divorce to children and helping them cope afterward is an important step in ensuring they adapt well.

Going through a divorce in Texas can be especially difficult when there are children involved. A couple will have to determine issues such as child support payments and custody, among other issues.

Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of this time will be breaking the news. Experts state that the way parents handle the situation can play a role in how children adapt.

Young children

According to a study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, children between the ages of 3 and 5 are more likely to feel insecure about their relationships with their parents following the end of a marriage.

To help little ones understand the situation, experts suggest doing the following:

  • Reassure children that the divorce is not their fault.
  • Remind children often about how much the parents love them.
  • Answer questions simply and as honestly as possible.

Younger children may not fully understand what is happening, though they can pick up on parental tensions. Keeping heated arguments away from children is advisable.

Older children

Children who are in grade school or older may have a deeper understanding of what is taking place. Parents should be careful to talk about the divorce with children without telling them too much. For example, over-sharing about financial concerns or marital infidelity can cause a child even more stress and anxiety. Parents should keep in mind that a child of any age is still a child and should not be used as a confidant.

Other advice

As the Mayo Clinic points out, how parents tell their child about a divorce is important. Breaking the news together as a family unit is advisable because it presents a united front and allows the children to see the parents working together even though they are separating.

Children of divorce may have mixed reactions. Some children may become aggressive while others may appear withdrawn. It is important for parents to monitor how their child is dealing with the new family situation. When in doubt, a child psychologist or other physician should be consulted.

Divorce proceedings should be handled as quickly as possible. A drawn out custody battle can leave a child feeling lost or confused about his or her future. Keeping children in a routine that resembles their way of life prior to the separation can be helpful as it will provide a sense of normalcy.

Anyone going through a divorce should have legal help to ensure that his or her rights are protected. People with questions about this issue should speak with a family law attorney in Texas.

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