Telling your kids about your divorce can be an exceptionally difficult conversation – perhaps one of the hardest you will ever go through. It is important to tell them yourself though and not leave them to work it out on their own. Even if you understand how helpful the conversation can be for children to grasp what is going on, it can still be difficult to approach this topic. That is why San Diego family lawyer Julia M. Garwood has prepared this guide to help you in explaining a divorce to children and to help you talk to your children about the separation.
The first thing you need to consider is where to tell them the news. We suggest making the announcement at home or in the office of your San Diego family attorney. While some people consider taking their children to a happy place to talk to them, you not only risk a scene by doing this, but you also risk ruining that place for your children in the future. When you discuss the issue at home, you are allowing them to be in a comfortable place where they feel free expressing their emotions. If you cannot have the conversation at home, or feel you may need help when things get rough, your San Diego family lawyer’s office can be a good location. This way you can have the additional support provided by your San Diego divorce attorney. Once you have chosen a suitable location to speak with your children, ask them to talk with you for a while and sit down together. Try to sit at eye level with them.
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