One of the most difficult parts of getting a divorce is having to tell your friends and family that you have permanently separated from your spouse. While this type of news can be devastating for a child, it can also be difficult for some adults to comprehend as well. This is why it’s important to be aware of the emotional needs of the people you choose to speak to about your divorce.
Deciding how to talk about this subject depends on a few factors, such as the nature of your divorce and the personalities of the people you are announcing your divorce to. Before talking to anyone about marriage and divorce issues, consult with your attorney. As a general rule, we advise people to say as little as possible and to avoid talking negatively about the other person.
Plan What You Will Say Ahead of Time
You should work with your attorney to develop an appropriate “script.” You should rehearse what you're going to say and how you want to say it before you talk to others about your divorce. Follow the script and don’t let yourself be persuaded into revealing information you do not want people to know about.
When it comes to talking to children, it is best to consult with a licensed counselor. Children take divorce hard and it believed that the primary emotion they feel is responsibility for the break up. Children can also have an intense and innate fear for their own survival. When talking to your kids about divorce, avoid mentioning fights or infidelities between you and your ex. This can make your children angry and resentful.
Do you have more questions about how to talk about your divorce with others? Contact our Jackson divorce attorney to get help today.