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How to Tell Your Children You're Getting a Divorce February 7, 2019

Downtown Lexington, Lexington-Fayette Central
How to Tell Your Children You're Getting a Divorce, Lexington-Fayette Central, Kentucky

When spouses no longer make each other happy, divorce is typically the best approach. That doesn’t mean it’s the easiest option, however. Ending a marriage is always difficult, and it can be especially challenging for those who share children. Although the kids are going to be upset no matter how you tell them, there are ways to break the news gently. Here, the compassionate divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Michael Davidson, PLLC shares a few tips for having the conversation. 

Do It Together 

divorce lawyerUnless your ex is an unfit parent, it’s best to tell the kids together. Regardless of how you feel about each other, they need to know you will still be a team when it comes to parenting them. They also need to know that you will both love them no matter what. To present a united front, it’s wise to discuss questions the children will likely ask in advance. For example, are you in agreement regarding where they will live? Will they continue going to the same school? How often will they get to see each of you? A divorce lawyer can help you agree on the logistics of these questions to find a solution that works best for the both of you.

Keep It Simple & Honest

Children deserve honesty when it comes to major life transitions like a divorce. They will likely ask a lot of questions during the conversation, and some of these questions might make you feel uncomfortable; however, you and your ex should still answer them honestly—in an age-appropriate way. For example, if the kids ask why, they don’t need all of the intimate details, but they do need reassurance that it’s not their fault and you will both still love them no matter what. 

If you want to end your marriage in Kentucky, turn to the divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Michael Davidson, PLLC. Based in Kentucky, this family law firm has been helping clients resolve complicated issues involving domestic relationships for more than three decades. Their areas of concentration include prenuptial agreements, child support requests, custody disputes, and domestic violence. Visit their website or call (859) 225-1717 to schedule an initial consultation with a divorce lawyer today.  

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