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Reacting when your children ask difficult questions about divorce

When you and your spouse start the process of getting divorced, the significant changes that are being made will not go unnoticed by your children. The new challenges you are facing will likely require that you or your spouse relocate, it may require that your children change schools and you will be faced with having to make difficult decisions about custody. At Hensley Law Office, we have helped many families in Kentucky to work through the most challenging aspects of settling a divorce. 

Addressing the questions that your children may have about your divorce can be challenging and stressful as you try to decide which approach will be the most effective and appropriate for their ages. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that each of your children will react differently and that the way you answer will often fluctuate depending on the ages of your children. 

According to Parents, there will undoubtedly be questions that your children ask that will require you to filter details to keep the answer appropriate. In these situations, do not overshare what has led to specific outcomes, but answer confidently by sharing only enough that the answer will make sense. You will need to practice patience in answering questions that will probably be difficult for you to discuss. Even though you may feel angered or sad, it is crucial that you take the time to answer their questions without overreacting or shutting them down. Answering their questions will also require that you be an active listener and hear their concerns so you know how to respond in a manner that will provide comfort and reassurance.

When you are preparing to get divorced, understanding how to answer questions from your children may help you to be more confident and collected when you are faced with difficult questions. For more information about child custody, visit our web page.  

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