A kids guide to divorce

What Is Divorce?

A divorce happens after a husband and wife decide they can’t live together anymore and no longer want to be married. They agree to sign legal papers that make them each single again and allow them to marry other people if they want to.

Although that may sound simple, it’s not easy for a husband and wife to decide to end a marriage. Often they spend a long time trying to solve problems before deciding to divorce. But sometimes they just can’t fix the problems and decide that a divorce is the best solution.

Sometimes both parents want to divorce, and sometimes one wants to and the other one doesn’t. Usually, both parents are disappointed that their marriage can’t last, even if one wants a divorce more than the other.

Many kids don’t want their parents to divorce. Some kids have mixed feelings about it, especially if they know their parents weren’t happy together. Some kids may even feel relieved when parents divorce, especially if there’s been a lot of fighting between parents during the marriage.

It’s really important for kids to know that just because parents divorce each other, they’re not divorcing their kids. Some kids think that if their parents are divorcing, it means their moms and dads will want to leave them, too.

Although it’s true that the kid of a divorced couple usually lives with only one parent most of the time, the parent who lives somewhere else is still that kid’s mom or dad — forever. That will never change.


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