If you and your spouse decide to move forward with the divorce process, you may need to discuss this with your child (if you have at least one together).
This can be a difficult conversation, so it's important that you prepare accordingly.
Here are some of the many questions you should personally answer before telling your child about your divorce:
- Do you know what you want to say? You should plan out the conversation in advance, as this will give you a clear idea of what you want to say and what you want to avoid.
- When does it make the most sense to discuss divorce with your child? This isn't something that you should bring up on a whim. You need to carefully plan a time and place to have this important conversation.
- How will your child feel when you tell him or her about the divorce? You need to think like your child, as this will make it easier for you to address anything that comes to light during your conversation.
- How will your child's life change after the divorce? You need to know the answer to this question so that you can provide a better outlook on the future.
- What's the best way to put his or her mind at ease? You don't want your child to be traumatized by your divorce, so you need to answer this question before you sit down for your talk.
These are just a few of the many questions you should answer before telling your child about your divorce.
Once you get this out of the way, you can then turn to the divorce process and everything it will bring to your life. From child custody to child support to alimony, you know that there will be details that deserve your attention. You must have a plan in place for dealing with anything that comes your way during this difficult time.