In divorces, children are often fought over and fought about. Sometimes there are responsible parents and often one or both parents are not responsible. As a reminder for parents going through divorces, or starting to think about going through a divorce, here are some of the major concerns that children may experience when their parents are divorcing. You need to be prepared with reassuring responses.
1. Where will we live? Will we have to move? Can we stay in this house? 2. Who will I live with? 3. Will I still have the same friends?
4. Can I still play with ________?
5. Will I get to see (my mother, or father)? 6. Do I have to go see ________? 7. Will I stay in the same school? 8. Will there be enough money to pay the bills? 9. What if I don't like the new house, neighborhood, school, etc.? 10. How will I get around? 11. Will my parents stop loving me? Will they leave me, too? 12. Will my parents move away? 13.Did I do something wrong and cause the divorce?
If you are approaching a divorce, or going through one, think about these concerns. You should do your best to minimize the problems for your children. It would be a good idea to get a counselor for your children, as well as for you. No one is really prepared for the emotional and other issues that crop up during a divorce.
Do yourself and your children a favor and get some help from a professional counselor, in addition to the legal help from your attorney!