Talking to your kids about divorce is challenging. Texas law doesn’t have specific restrictions on what parents can tell their children about divorce. However, it’s always best to prioritize the well-being of your children during this difficult time. Here are some guidelines for what you can tell your minor children.

Honesty is Key

While you don’t need to go into excessive detail, be honest with your children about the divorce. Explain that you and your spouse are no longer getting along romantically and will be living separately.


Use Age-Appropriate Language

Tailor your explanation to your children’s ages and understanding levels. Younger children may need simpler explanations, while teenagers can handle more complex information.

Reassurance is Crucial

Reassure your children that you both love them very much, and the divorce won’t change that. Emphasize that they are not to blame for the situation.

Avoid Bad-Mouthing Your Ex

It’s important to avoid speaking negatively about your ex in front of your children. This can create unnecessary hostility and confusion for them.

Focus on the Future

Talk about the upcoming changes in living arrangements and answer their questions honestly. Let them know they can always talk to you or their other parent about their feelings.

Remember, every family is different. If you have any concerns or need additional guidance, consider consulting with a family law attorney or therapist experienced in dealing with children and divorce. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation.

Resources for Support

Here are some resources that can help you navigate this conversation with your children:

Remember, you’re not alone! Many resources can help you navigate this difficult conversation. Sending strength to all Texas families going through a divorce.

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