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What will you say to your children about divorce?

If you are going through a divorce, you know that there are many challenges to face in the near future. If you have a child (or children) with your soon-to-be former spouse, you know that things will be even more difficult. After all, there is nothing more important than the well-being of your children.

While this is never an easy thing to talk about with children, there are a few steps you can take to make the process easier:

-- Be clear and concise with what you are saying. In other words, you want your children to know exactly what is happening. Of course, you don't have to get into the details of the divorce.

-- Talk about their safety. You don't want your child to feel unsafe just because you are going through a divorce. Let them know that their day-to-day life will remain the same, for the most part.

-- Make it clear that the divorce is not their fault. It's easy for a child to believe he or she had something to do with the divorce. You want to ease his or her fears that it was because of something he or she did or didn't do.

It is never easy to talk to a child about divorce. They are sure to have many questions, some of which can be difficult to answer. Even so, you can use the tips above to remain on track.

While you are doing what's best for your children, be sure that you also pay attention to the divorce process. This will bring forth questions regarding both child custody and child support. An experienced divorce attorney can provide answers and guidance.

Source: Healthy Children, "How to Talk to Your Children about Divorce," accessed Aug. 25, 2016

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