I am currently getting divorced in South Dakota. How should I discuss this with my children?

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has these suggestions for talking about divorce with your children:

  • Do not keep it a secret or wait until the last minute.
  • Tell your children together with your spouse.
  • Keep things simple and straightforward.
  • Tell them the divorce is not their fault.
  • Admit that this will be sad and upsetting for everyone.
  • Reassure your children that you both still love them and will always be their parents.
  • Do not discuss each other's faults or problems with the children.
Scott Swier
Founding Member, Attorney At Law