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How much Information to give your Children

How much information to give your children about your separation

Especially at the beginning of your separation or divorce, you’ll need to pick and choose how much to tell your children. Think carefully about how certain information will affect them.

  • Be age-aware. In general, younger children need less detail and will do better with a simple explanation, while older kids may need more information.
  • Share logistical information. Do tell kids about changes in their living arrangements, school, or activities, but don’t overwhelm them with the details.
  • Keep it real. No matter how much or how little you decide to tell your kids, remember that the information should be truthful above all else.


Source: co-parenting plan and descriptions of different types of custody arrangements. Authors: Jocelyn Block, M.A. and Melinda Smith, M.A.