As an adult who is facing a potential divorce, you know what questions you have. You’re probably interested in how to divide assets or wondering what your rights are.
But you’re also a parent. Your children are going to have questions about the upcoming divorce as well, and they’re going to differ tremendously from the questions that you have. It’s important to consider what your children will want to know and how you can answer these questions.
Examples of common questions
Since every divorce case is unique, the following questions are certainly not an exhaustive list, but they do give you an idea of some of the most common questions that come up:
- If you are leaving mom or dad, will you leave me some time, as well?
- Did I do something that caused the divorce?
- Where am I going to live after the divorce is over?
- Are the two of you going to get back together in the future, or is this forever?
- Am I going to have to move away from my friends or my school?
- Am I going to have different rules at both houses?
- How do I move my toys and other items between those houses?
- What are we going to do about holidays or birthday parties?
The key thing to remember is that children are often focused on themselves and interested in stability. They want to know exactly how this is going to change their life, how it’s going to stay the same and what they can do to impact it.
As you have these conversations with your children, make sure that you also look into all of the legal options at your disposal so that you can continue to put them first throughout the entire divorce process and beyond.