Things You Can Do to Make the Divorce Easier on Your Kids

Divorce can be so tough for everyone involved but the children may not really have a say. It may not have been their decision for their parents to get divorced, but it is still happening anyway. In their minds, they may be thinking, this isn't fair, what did I do to deserve this? These are valid viewpoints for children to have. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few things you can do to make your divorce easier on your kids. If you are going through a difficult divorce and need objective guidance you can count on during this emotional time, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch a call for your free consultation today at 573-346-7231.


Things You Can Do to Make the Divorce Easier on Your Kids


Answer their questions honestly and appropriately when informing them of the upcoming divorce.
The news of your divorce may be one of the hardest things your kids hear in their lives. Don't make it harder by lying about the reality of it, but keep answers appropriate to children of their age. Be honest and be prepared to answer their questions. They may ask things like:

  • Where will I live?
  • Will we all spend the holidays together?
  • Can I stay at my school?
  • Where will you both live?
  • What about my friends - will I still be able to see them?

Give them the support they need.
Don't be afraid to ask what they need or what could help with their pain. Perhaps having someone to talk to outside of the family could be beneficial, such as a therapist or guidance counselor.

Find healthy ways to manage your own stress.
Lead by example, don't break down in front of your children because if you break down and appear to be unstable, that can make them feel even more worried and stressed.  Do not disparage the other parent in front of the children.

Avoid confrontation with your ex in front of your kids.
Be as mature as possible and avoid yelling at your ex-spouse in front of your kids. Set a good example, this person is still their parent, no matter what may be going on between you two.


Make This Divorce as Easy as Possible On Your Kids with Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch


Divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks can be one of the most stressful events in the lives of many people. The emotional effect on children can be traumatic, resulting in difficulties in school and sleep disturbance. During this time of emotional turmoil, critical decisions regarding property division, child support and custody must be made that will have an impact for years to come. An experienced divorce attorney in Camden County can provide the objective guidance necessary to navigate through this difficult time. Call 573-346-7231 for your free consultation today.


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