Going through a divorce can be difficult, but children often complicate matters. You and your Florida spouse probably want to shield them as much as possible throughout the process to make things easier. These are some ways that you can do so.
Tell them together
It might be hard to talk to your child together with your spouse in certain situations. If your divorce is contentious, you might not be on the best terms, but telling your kids about it together is best. Find the right time to do it and break the news to them before they can put two and two together on their own.
Be honest but compassionate
Your child will naturally go through an array of emotions upon learning about the impending divorce. However, the best policy is to be honest and compassionate at the same time. This doesn’t mean you have to give them every detail; just stick to the facts and explain that you have both decided that you can no longer stay married to one another. If your child questions that, tell them something simple such as you can no longer get along like you used to.
Divorce can hit kids especially hard, which can lead to them doubting themselves and getting negative thoughts. Reassure them that it was nothing they did or said and that you both love them very much and will always be there for them no matter what; the divorce will never change the fact that you are a family.
Tell your child about the changes they can expect with the divorce. Unless you plan on nesting as part of your co-parenting plan, either your or your spouse or both of you will be living somewhere new. Explain what’s going to change and what will remain the same.
When your children have your full support and love during this difficult period, they will get through it for the better.