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Parenting After Divorce - A Complete Guide


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RESPONSES TO DIVORCE BY
CHILDREN
All children, no matter what their age or developmental stage will experience
some effects of the divorce. In the case of very young infants they may not
express these issues verbally; however you may notice a change in behavior
during the divorce and then may see other issues later as the child matures.
Older kids may indicate they accept the divorce, but there may feel torn or
hurt about the breakup of the family.
UNDERSTANDING THE GRIEF CYCLE
Typically children will go through a grief cycle when parents divorce. Each
child, depending on their age, their personality and their ongoing contact or
lack of contact with both parents will experience divorce in slightly different
ways.
Most kids will experience the following phases during the divorce and the
time period of about a year immediately after the divorce. Each child will be
slightly different their expression of these phases or stages, but typical
reactions will include both emotional and behavioral changes that can be
worrisome and even problematic for parents.
 
 
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