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Divorce Do’s & Don’ts

Divorce Do’s & Don’ts

Divorce Do’s & Don’ts

Some helpful Do’s & Don’ts regarding your children, when getting a Divorce or Separation!

DO
– Reassure them that the break up is not their fault
– Regularly tell them that you love them
– Be positive about the other parent
– Allow them to express their feelings
– Let them know that you think it is important for them to have an ongoing relationship with the other parent (unless there has been abuse and it is unsafe for the child)
– Emphasise that they are still a family
– Reassure them that they will be safe and cared for
– Maintain your parenting roles
– Listen to their needs and wishes when working out your new family arrangements
– Try to provide stability and continuity in their lives
– Seek emotional support from other adults or community resources for you and your children

DON’T
– Criticise, judge or make negative comments about the other parent in front of the children
– Argue with the other parent in front of the children
– Ask the children to relay messages to the other parent
– Put the children in the middle of your arguments or make your children take sides
– Threaten to send children to live with the other parent as a form of punishment
– Threaten to hinder children’s contact with the other parent
– Turn to your children for emotional support
– Offer false hopes, such as getting back together with the other parent
– Blame the children for the situation

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