It can be very stressful to worry about the repercussions of going through a divorce if you are the parent of a teenager. You may be concerned that your child will not be understanding or that they will feel neglected after your divorce is finalized. Use the following tips to prepare your child for an impending divorce and assist with adjusting to the change in your marital status.
Be Honest And Accept Feedback
Think how you would like to break the news to your child and prepare a brief speech that includes the reasons behind the divorce. Pick a neutral location to use as a setting where you will discuss matters with your child. A quiet, peaceful location will work best so that you are not interrupted while you are trying to express your feelings to your teenager.
During the time spent with your child, be honest and assertive while discussing the divorce. Tell your child that they are not responsible for your feelings and that you and your spouse love them unconditionally. Accept feedback from your child and answer any questions that your teenager has.
Try To Follow A Consistent Schedule
If you, your spouse, and your child are used to following a schedule, do your best to keep the schedule intact so that your child's life is not disrupted and so that he/she remains content. Of course, there will be some changes in living arrangements if you and your spouse have decided to sell your home or if one or both of you would like to start over by moving to a neighboring town.
Discuss changes with your spouse and agree upon a schedule that will allow your child's lifestyle to remain stable. If you and your spouse have decided upon a visitation schedule, do your best to follow the visitation agreement so that your teenager will be aware of what to expect at all times.
Seek Guidance From An Attorney
If your teenager is not happy with the divorce or the schedule that you and your spouse decided upon, meeting with a child custody attorney may be beneficial. An attorney will consider your child's best interests and will be willing to sit down with everyone so that they can propose a visitation schedule that is fair for each person involved. If everyone is in agreement and wishes to utilize the schedule, you may be required to appear before a judge so that the schedule can be approved and enforced.
Contact an attorney, like Kenneth J. Molnar, for more help.Share
18 February 2018
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