The facile answer to this question is "no," but in reality, "it depends" may be the better answer. There are a few considerations you must make before deciding whether or not telling the children about your or your spouse's affair is the right step to take.
Legal separation and divorce can be an extremely difficult and emotional experience; for parents, there's the added concern over their children's well-being during and after the process. How you tell your children about the impending divorce is very important, as this will have a significant impact on their perception of the experience.
At 28 years old, I experienced my parents' divorce. While it may seem like being an adult makes dealing with divorce easier, there are many unique issues adult children of divorce face.
After a 12-year romance, actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting divorced – putting an end to Brangelina. We will discuss what this means and what the realities are in our contemporary divorce arena.
From breaking the news to co-parenting with your ex-spouse, how you handle various aspects of the divorce process will inevitably have an effect on your children. There are ways you can make the divorce easier on them.
Children will experience various emotions throughout their parents' divorce, especially when conflict is involved. As a parent, how you handle your divorce and support your child during this transition will affect their self-esteem in the long run.
When a stepparent enters your child's life, you will likely feel a mix of emotions – especially if the new partner played a role in your ex-spouse's infidelity. While your ex's new marriage may be difficult to deal with, there are things you can do to ensure the transition is a positive experience for your child.
The kid stays put, Mom and Dad move back and forth – it's a custody arrangement that is growing in popularity. But is it a good option for your family?
Sewn out of their parents' clothes, a "mapapu" stuffed animal can help children cope with their parents’ separation or divorce through the familiar smell and feel of the fabric.
Going through a divorce is similar to the experience of a family death. Tragedy, sadness, bitterness, and anger ensues in different stages. The stakes are the highest when children are involved. Children are more precious and valuable than any material asset or stack of cash that could ever be fought over – but it's easy to forget what is in a child's best interest when parents focus on being self-righteous and getting what they feel is owed to them.