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How children may react to a parental divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | Child Custody |

As challenging as the experience of divorce is for spouses in Texas, it can be even more difficult for children who are caught in the middle. For children, when their parents get divorced, it often means their family is torn apart and things will never be the same again. For parents, one of their most important jobs during this transition is to ensure the well-being of their children. Knowing how children may react to a divorce can help parents support them in the most effective ways possible.


Children will often worry that something they did caused their parents to get divorced. Kids are typically more susceptible to placing blame on themselves, especially the younger they are. Parents should emphasize that nothing the children did caused their parents to separate and that the divorce is not the fault of the kids.


A parental divorce means daily routines will change. This sudden change can make children anxious. Help children through their worry and anxiety by letting them know what to expect and reassuring them that they are loved and supported.


Sometimes, children will withdraw in the aftermath of divorce. Giving them space is important, but so is spending quality time with them. If parents notice their child has withdrawn, consider a special outing or trip to bond with them. Also, remember to be available to talk or listen to their concerns.

Where to get help

Parents can best support their children when they also are supported. Parents in Texas who have questions about parenting or child custody may want to think about contacting a legal professional. A knowledgeable family law attorney can answer questions and help find solutions that will benefit all parties.