From a child's lens


When immersed in emotional turmoil, as is often the case in divorce, it’s easy to forget that your children may interpret things differently than you.

  • Helping a Child Cope With Divorce and Separation – Divorce isn’t easy, although it can be the right decision for a couple and even for a family. Parents going through a divorce typically worry about the impact it will have on their children. It’s normal for children to go through strong emotional stages when their parents divorce. Anger, sadness, confusion, and guilt are all normal reactions. Children also worry about their parents and what will happen to them. Parents can mitigate the impact divorce has on their children’s well-being by being prepared.
  • Children and Divorce – Divorce is common in the United States, with nearly 50% of all marriages ending in divorce. In many instances, children of divorce tend to suffer the most, given their inability to process and cope with continued stress.They have a particularly hard time learning to live without one of their parents, which in many cases is the father. Research has shown that, historically, fathers are less likely to get custody of their children, although this trend is changing.
  • 18 Ways to Support Children Who Witness Domestic Violence – Exposure to trauma can lead to long-term effects in children. An estimated 15.5 million children in the U.S. live in a household where partner violence has occurred at least once in the last year, with 7 million of those children witnessing severe violence
  • Help Guide, Children and Divorce – For children, separation and divorce can be an especially sad, stressful, and confusing time. But there are ways to help your kids cope with the upheaval of a breakup.
  • DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) – Help your children heal from the pain of divorce
  • Center for Young Women's Health – Dealing with Divorce and Separation (for girls)
  • Kids Health – Helping Your Child Through a Divorce
  • Sesame Street in Communities – Dealing with Divorce. With love and support from the adults in their lives, children can emerge feeling stronger.
  • The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children – Take steps to help kids bounce back faster.
  • Helping A Child Through Divorce: A Child's Perspective – Divorce from a child’s perspective is a scary place but can be made easier through vigilance and care. Communicate openly. Do not try to replicate what was normal before the separation.