You may have already accepted that your marriage is over and that you need to get a divorce. However, your child may still think everything is fine and is going to stay the same.
What you do now to prepare your child for divorce can go a long way. Your child can grow emotionally strong by the actions you and your spouse take with them. Here’s what your child should know:
Divorce could make things better
Your child may need to expect many differences in their life after your divorce. For example, perhaps they need to move house and change schools. Naturally, the prospect of those changes will be stressful for them. Yet rather than hiding from this, you can reduce your child’s anxiety by talking with them about what the future has in store. Presenting a happier (but realistic) picture of the future for your child can make the divorce easier on them.
Your child should know you’ll always be there for them
Your child may fear their parents won’t be there for them after the divorce. This can be upsetting for a child who is growing to understand their emotions.
Just because you and your spouse are no longer together doesn’t mean you won’t be there for your child. Talking with your child can show that you still intend to support them. Keeping a stable relationship with your child can benefit their future.
There is so much to consider during a divorce that legal help is crucial to take some of the burden from you. By doing that, you give yourself more time and energy to focus on helping your child through this difficult time.