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How to Divorce and Keep the Children Happy

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How to divorce is one thing and we cover that elsewhere. But how to divorce and keep the children happy is much harder.

Of course, there is a lot of emotion around. I stress that when I use the word "happy" it is meant to mean "relatively happy" as normally they won't be. But sometimes they can be relieved to be away from a daily angry atmosphere, waiting for the rows to start.

My top tips are these:

  • do tell the children what is happening
  • try not to blame the other, no matter how tempting
  • talk to the other parent about children issues and have a rule that these discussions are in a different atmosphere to any others
  • use a mediator
  • keep out of Court, it will double the anger and the legal costs
  • listen to your divorce lawyers advice, try not to hurt the other by using the children

It is possible to divorce and keep the children "happy".


Andrew Woolley
Divorce Lawyer

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