Despite the best of intentions upon getting married, many spouses in Florida find themselves making the decision to get divorced. If you are in this situation and have children still at home, you may understandably be concerned about the best way to break the news to your kids. Your thoughts are reflective of your concern for your children and their needs and this is a conversation that requires preparation.
In fact, Today's Parent indicates that one conversation may not be all that is involved in telling kids about a divorce or helping them through it. Also important to know is that what you tell your children will to a large degree depend on their ages. If you have multiple children, having an initial conversation with all of the kids together is recommended. This prevents a situation where one or more children learn about the divorce first and then are forced into keeping a secret until their siblings have been told. This can be a big burden on children.
After a family meeting, you should expect to have individual conversations with each child over the course of time. Young kids will need the focus to be primarily on their everyday routines and will need repetition. As kids age, more effort may be required to get them to open up.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give parents in Florida who are contemplating or getting divorced some ideas to consider when preparing to talk with their children about the divorce.