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Helping children through a parental divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2024 | Divorce

Not all Colorado marriages last. If children are involved, a parental divorce will certainly affect them. A divorce means the family unit will change. For children, this can feel like their entire world has been turned upside down. There is no easy way to get through a divorce, but there are some ways parents can help their kids cope with it. 

Acknowledge their feelings 

It’s only natural for parents to want to fix problems for their kids. Unfortunately, there’s not an easy way to change the grief or sadness the children may be feeling. Their feelings should never be dismissed. By acknowledging the children and showing an understanding, parents can strengthen trust and bonds. 

Allow them to be honest and listen to them 

Children experience divorce differently than adults. They may feel sad or frustrated about things that parents never even think about. It’s not uncommon for children to be hesitant about sharing what they truly feel for fear that they will hurt their parents. Let them know that whatever they say will be OK and listen to them when they open up. 

Reassure them 

When the parents divorce, children often think they played a role in the split and that their parents do not love them any longer. It is important to reassure the children and remind them frequently that what happened was the decision of their parents and not the children’s fault. Remind them often that they are safe, secure and loved. 

Legal assistance 

Divorce is challenging, especially when children are involved. But when parents keep the well-being of their children as the top priority, everyone can come out of this experience stronger, and often more connected than before. For those in Colorado who have questions about divorce or any aspect of family law, a seasoned attorney can provide invaluable guidance every step of the way.