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Breaking divorce news, making custody decisions have challenges

Many California parents worry about how their decisions will impact their children. From daily choices regarding discipline and rewards to major live changes such as divorce and custody decisions, it is not unusual for parents to wonder whether they are doing a good job. With divorce in particular, parents may lie awake trying to decide how to tell their kids the news.

For parents, the idea of divorce may not have been a new one. Issues within the marriage itself may have resulted in this decision being a long time coming. However, for children, this news could seem like it is coming completely out of nowhere. As a result, they may react harshly to the news and not immediately understand what it means.

Because this type of situation can be difficult for children, parents may want to remember to approach the discussion with the understanding that the kids may need reassurance and support. Rather than attempting to have children react in a certain way, parents may want to instead gauge the children's reactions and tailor their own reactions accordingly. Some children may need space for a time and others may need immediate verbal and physical reassurance that they are loved.

Once the kids learn of the divorce, they may wonder what the changes will mean in terms of their time with mom and dad. The parents may have the same concerns, and they undoubtedly want to make the best custody decisions for the situation. While keeping the best interests of the children in mind, California parents may want to explore their custody options and choose the route that best suits their particular circumstances.

Source:, "How To Talk To Your Kids About Divorce", Jan. 5, 2018

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