HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT DIVORCE by Linda Riley, LMFT

1. Explain to them you are getting a divorce and will no longer be living together.

2. Let them know you both will continue being their parents.

3. Tell them it isn’t their fault and they didn’t cause it.

4. Assure them that you both still love them

5. Explain the custody arrangements (where they will live)

6. Allow them to have a full relationship with both parents

7. Make sure they realize they are not losing a parent

8. Keep them out of the middle of the conflict.

9. Don’t make them choose sides

10. Avoid letting them experience much of the conflict

11. Talk to them about the divorce and the realistic changes it will bring into their lives.

12. Encourage them to talk and ask questions.




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