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How to tell if your children aren’t coping well after a divorce

On Behalf of | May 9, 2023 | Family Law |

Divorce can be challenging for the entire family, but it can be especially difficult for children. Even if the separation was amicable, children can still feel various emotions, including sadness, anger, confusion, and anxiety. 

As a parent, paying attention to your child’s behavior and well-being is essential to determine if they are coping well after the divorce.

Signs that signal your children need help

After a divorce, children may experience changes in their behavior, including becoming withdrawn, anxious, or depressed. They may also exhibit new or unusual behaviors, such as acting out in school or at home, struggling to sleep, or losing interest in activities they used to enjoy.

Divorce can also have an impact on a child’s academic performance. If your child begins to struggle in school, it may indicate that they are not coping well with the separation. You may notice that your child’s grades start to slip, and they become disinterested in homework. They may also begin to act out in class and have boundary issues.

A child who is struggling after their parent’s divorce may also experience physical symptoms, including headaches, stomach aches, and fatigue. 

Communicating with them is one of the best ways to determine how well your child is coping with the divorce. Encourage open and honest communication, and let your child know you are available to talk whenever needed. If they are reluctant to discuss their feelings with you, you may need to consider therapy to help them deal with their emotions.

It’s hard to see your children hurting, and you and your ex-spouse need to help them through this challenging time. Listen to their concerns and reassure them that you love them and are there for them.