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How do I tell my kids I am getting divorced?

When a couple in Illinois decides to end their marriage, numerous concerns and questions can immediately start swirling in people's minds. If you are in this situation and you are a parent of a school-aged child, one area you will be very focused on is how to help your child through the transitions that are about to ensue. This starts first with telling your child that you are getting divorced.

Baby Center encourages divorcing spouses to break the news to kids together if possible. This will help reinforce the message that both parents are to remain in the child's life. It may also help both parties to avoid playing the blame game and instead really focus on the child. In fact, few details about why a divorce is happening are needed. Instead, parents should talk primarily about what will change and what the child's daily life will look like.

Kids at this age are very concrete and do not process uncertainty too well so the more factual a conversation can be, the better. Certainly there may be some things you do not know but stick to those that you do like where the child will live for now, who will pick the child up from school and so on. As more things change, have those conversations then. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to help Illinois parents have an idea of how they may talk to their school-age children about their parental divorce to help their kids process and adjust.

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