While there is no way to make a divorce easy on a child, there are good and bad ways of handling the situation. In this study, we'll explore some of the more challenging aspects of severing a marriage when children are involved.
Legally divorcing a spouse is a fairly cut-and-dry legal process, but divorcing oneself from unhealthy patterns of behavior post-split can be far more difficult. Is it possible to set aside negative feelings toward your "ex-spouse" in favor of cultivating positive feelings about your child's "other parent?"
The guidance provided in this study covers short-term issues such as how to tell your child you've decided to split up (tell your child together) as well as long-term issues of how best to continue to share parenting duties as caring partners throughout your child's life.
With questions for both personal reflection and group discussion, this study will be helpful for those experiencing a divorce as well as for those who seek to support loved ones during this trying situation.
Publisher's Note: This study is meant to encourage families facing divorce to continue to behave kindly, respectfully, and civilly with each other as a way of honoring the love that created the family in the first place. This study is not intended for families facing serious issues of abuse or for a person who feels there is real or perceived danger in interacting with an ex-spouse.