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Protecting Your Child During Divorce

Divorce is difficult for everyone involved, especially children. If you and your spouse have made the decision to dissolve your marriage, the way you choose to involve your children is important. Children are extremely vulnerable at their age and require a great degree of compassion during this process. Listed below are some tips our Riverside divorce attorneys have found helpful to protect children during the process of divorce.

  1. Arguing in front of your children – While you and your spouse likely have disagreements great enough to dissolve your marriage over, try to avoid arguing in front of your children. This can create an overall hostile environment and can even lead to some psychological trauma.
  2. Explaining your decision to your children – When you have come to the decision to divorce, tell your children as soon as possible, but avoid telling them in haste without first having decided on how to explain the situation. We recommend both parents being present when the decision is explained and doing so in a clear, calm manner.
  3. Avoid telling your children all the details – While honesty is important, there are some details that should not be divulged to your children. Your children may not need to know all of the details as to why you are getting divorced. Simply explain your decision and what that will mean for the future of your family.
  4. Avoid bringing them to divorce or mediation sessions if possible – Learning that your parents no longer want to live together can be traumatic for a child, but what can be even more traumatic for a child is coming along to divorce or mediation sessions. If at all possible, have a friend or family member watch your children so that they do not have to attend with you.
  5. Ensure they understand this isn't their fault – One of the most important ways to protect your children during divorce and even after divorce is to reassure them that it is not their fault. Many children have a natural guilt complex and, even if you have never blatantly said so, they might believe that your divorce is their fault.

Diefer Law Group PC understands that, while divorce is not easy, it can sometimes be necessary. If you have children, there are additional hurdles that you may have to face during this process. Take the necessary steps to protect your children during the divorce process. If you would like to learn more or would like to receive a case evaluation from one of our experienced Riverside divorce lawyers, call today!