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Knowing how to talk to the kids about divorce in California

Hearing the news that their parents have decided to take separate paths in life can affect children in a variety of ways. Parents in California who are going through a divorce may wish to know more about how they can help their children cope with the process. When it comes to divorce, how the kids handle the situation could depend on how their parents talk to them about what is happening to their lives.

The first step to talking to the kids about divorce is to be honest with them about the situation. Since they will likely have questions about what is happening, parents may also find it helpful to keep the lines of communication open and ensure their kids feel they can come to them to discuss the situation. Feeling left in the dark can be harmful to kids and may leave them feeling as though their needs and feelings don't seem to matter.

Upon hearing the news, kids may react in a variety of ways, ranging anywhere from anger to sadness, and understanding that this is natural could prove beneficial. Although it might not be necessary to go into detail about what is happening, parents may find it advisable to speak with their kids about the coming changes to their lives. It could also be helpful to speak with them about the visitation schedule and help them understand when they will be able to see each parent.

There are a variety of topics to cover when speaking to the kids about divorce, some of which may be uncomfortable, but necessary. For guidance on the challenges one's children may face, a parent in California could choose to speak with a family law attorney early in the process. An attorney can help a client better understand what to expect from the process and assist in pursuing the most favorable outcome achievable concerning his or her kids during legal proceedings.

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