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Use age-appropriate language when explaining divorce to children

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2023 | DIVORCE - Divorce |

Many Alaskan parents may find that one of the hardest parts of marriage dissolution is breaking the news to the children. Kids may have many questions about their parents’ divorce and some of those questions may not be appropriate to answer, based on the situation and the ages of the children. Most importantly, parents need to understand how to use age-appropriate language to explain divorce to their children in a way that can help them adapt to the coming changes with as little trauma as possible.  

Talking to kids about divorce 

If possible, it’s best for parents to plan what to say to their children about divorce and to talk to the kids with both parents present. Expect difficult questions and be sure to answer those questions without blaming either party. Kids may also blame themselves and wonder if they did something wrong to cause their parents to split up. Parents need to tell their children that divorce is in no way their fault.  

Parents should not feel pressured to provide details or specific information on why the divorce is happening. A general explanation about how both parties have decided it’s better to part ways is plenty of information for young children. Be sure to reassure the kids that they will continue to have a relationship with both parents. 

Seek legal advice 

Divorce is hard on everyone involved, but it can be especially traumatic for children. Parents must do everything possible to maintain a loving and stable environment for their children during and after divorce. By speaking with an attorney, Alaskan parents who are seeking divorce guidance can understand how best to proceed forward with the process.