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How do your children handle divorce?

A divorce affects the lives of everyone who is close to you, especially your children. This can be a difficult time for a while, and it is understandable that you might worry how your children will fare in the long run. This worry is not unfounded for you and other Californians who are going through a divorce. You want the best for your kids, and you do not want them to suffer when you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse begin your new lives apart.

Not surprisingly, children can be significantly affected by their parents’ split for years, explains the Huffington Post. In numerous examples where children explained the impact of divorce themselves, you can see how varied the responses are. Nearly every child will experience pain and shock, at least at first, but some will quickly adjust and go on to do fine academically and socially. Some children, in fact, may have expected for some time that their parents would split and may be relieved.

As detailed in other examples, you might worry that your kids will have problems acting out in school and with friends. Some explained how they blamed their parents for their unhappiness, or blamed themselves because they did not understand why their parents no longer loved each other. Divorce seemed especially difficult on children whose parents used them to vent their anger at the other parent or made them feel like they had to choose a “good” parent and a “bad” parent.

These examples may serve to warn you that there are positive and negative ways to approach the topic of divorce with your children. If you and your ex avoid blaming the other parent for the split and let your children know you are both still there to love and support them, they stand a better chance of adjusting and moving on.

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