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How do you support your kids’ mental well-being during divorce?

Just as you had to come to grips with the thought of ending your marriage, your kids must adjust to the divorce, too. You may wonder how to help guide your kids through this shift while you navigate unfamiliar territory.

The Child Mind Institute explores parenting tips for divorcing moms and dads. Learn how to set your child and yourself up for success.

Remain civil toward your ex

You may have hard feelings toward your ex regarding your divorce or marriage. If so, try not to speak ill of your former spouse around your kids or where they may hear. If arguments arise while deciding how to raise your shared children, stay focused on their well-being rather than your emotions. You may need to compromise to do right by your kids, but doing so could benefit them more than you know.

Be a good model

Kids are curious and observant, and they may notice more than you think. No matter how you feel about your divorce or ex, try to adopt an aura of calm for your kids. Doing so could protect your children from emotional strife.

Other than being an excellent role model, you may also help your kids remain calm and balanced by maintaining their routines. If you must make changes, try to include them in a new routine.

Seek support

Your kids’ school may have resources for you to use for their mental and emotional well-being, such as a guidance counselor. You may also want to think about seeing a therapist for yourself or your kids if you need extra support.

You and your children deserve to live elevated lives after a divorce. Helping to support their mental health may provide them with a positive foundation for post-divorce life.

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