Going through a divorce is one of the most challenging times of your life. If you find yourself in this position, you need to protect yourself and your children.
The first step in helping your children through the divorce process is explaining to them what's happening.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself to tell your children about your divorce:
- Have a script: You don't want to read off a piece of paper, but a basic idea of what you want to say will keep your discussion on topic. Once you lay out the basics, you can then dive into the finer details based on the way your children react.
- Choose the perfect time and place: An important conversation like this must be carefully planned. Choosing the perfect time and place is a must since you don't want to rush the conversation or add more stress to the process.
- Prepare to answer questions: Your children are sure to have questions, some of which may make you uncomfortable. Providing accurate and comprehensive answers is a must, as you don't want your children to think you're hiding something.
Once the initial conversation is out of the way, you can turn your attention to the divorce process. However, don't forget that your children are still going through a difficult time. You need to comfort them, provide updates on what's happening and answer all their questions.
By understanding your legal rights, you'll find it easier to make decisions regarding your children, such as those associated with child custody and child support.