Any divorce can be difficult, but matters can get more complicated when kids are involved. Divorce affects kids differently, but most will be confused and anxious about the new life. As a result, they will ask questions to obtain more information.
Here are five questions to expect:
Where will we live?
When you tell your children about the divorce, they may ask where they will live. They do this to know if they will move out, transfer schools, have to make new friends and so on.
When will we see the other parent?
Your children may be worried about not seeing the non-custodial parent. Therefore, they will want to know when they can see them to be assured their relationship will be maintained.
Will you get back together?
This is another question to expect from your children. They may hope their parents will get back together in the future to restore the life they knew.
What did we do?
Unfortunately, kids blame themselves for divorce. They may believe their parents are separating because of them. This is why it’s crucial to remind your kids that the divorce is not their fault when talking to them.
When will this happen?
After informing the kids of the divorce, they may ask when the changes will be implemented. This helps them estimate how long they have before the new life starts. If you are moving out with them, they may want to spend more time with friends, and so on.
Kids can have difficult questions about divorce. You should provide adequate answers, and when you don’t have one yet, you should state so. It will also help to get legal guidance to protect your parental rights.