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How to handle questions children may have about divorce

When going through a divorce or a contested child custody matter, questions are going to be inevitable. Indeed you may expect them from family, friends and loved ones, and from them you may be able to answer. However, many parents are not prepared to deal with questions from children.

They may feel uncomfortable telling them about such a sensitive subject, or they may fear that a child simply will not understand. Regardless, kids are going to have questions. Because of this, parents should be prepared to answer in spite of how difficult it may be.

This post will highlight some common questions about divorce children may have, as well as what parents could say.

Is daddy (or mommy) leaving us for good? – Kids may believe that the parent who moves out of the house is going to be out of their lives forever. Regardless of whether this is a parent’s intent, it is important for parents to assure kids that they are loved; no matter who they live with.

Can’t you just say sorry? – Since we teach kids that they should apologize when they do something wrong, they expect parents to live by the same rules. As such, they may not understand that saying sorry may not be enough.

When are you guys going to stop fighting? – Kids don’t like when their parents fight, whether it is arguing or physical altercations. When a child asks this, it is important for parents to assure kids that are doing their best to have a good co-parenting relationship, and that they want to do what is best for the child. 

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