There are very few people that you are obligated to tell about an upcoming divorce. You need to file a divorce petition with your spouse, of course, and you’ll eventually have to talk to your children. Friends and family members are naturally going to find out. But, beyond that, you can determine exactly what you want to do.
If you have a child who is in school, one person you may consider telling is their teacher. Is it wise to do this? You certainly don’t have to, but could it help your child?
Use your discretion, but it may help
Some parents advocate telling the teachers, in part because they know that the children may have outbursts at school or show emotional difficulties that they didn’t show before. They want the teacher to be aware of what’s happening at home and how it may impact the child’s mental and emotional state. Even when parents do as much as they can to make this easier for their kids, there’s a chance that this can happen, so clueing the teacher in may be beneficial.
Additionally, some studies have found that children who are going through a divorce tend to have a bit harder of a time academically, especially at first. Talking to the teacher may help your child do as well as possible in school. In this sense, it can be in your child’s best interests to let the teacher know, even though you don’t have to.
You have a lot of things to consider as you move toward divorce. Be sure that you take the time to carefully look into all of the legal options at your disposal.