Teenagers and Divorce

In teenagers, the line between adult and child is blurred. In some scenarios, a parent may treat a teen more like an adult, and in other situations, more like a child. During a parent's divorce, teenagers will react differently to the coming household changes than will a younger child. When revealing and dealing with your divorce, it is important to understand the different actions and emotions that your teen may display.

It is recommended that parents take the following steps to ensure that their teenagers deal with divorce in a healthy way:

  • Do not use your teenager as your own source of emotional support. Of course it is important to talk about emotions and feelings, but it is advisable to seek outside emotional support from friends, other family members, or a counselor rather than load your own problems onto your teenager.
  • 4Seek emotional support for your teenager. Your teenager may not want to speak with either you or your ex-spouse about feelings and emotions during this time, and may display a wide range of emotions, from anger to depression to ignoring the whole situation. It is important for you to encourage and allow for your teen to maintain existing relationships with friends and family and other trusted adults with whom they can talk about and deal with their problems.
  • 4Speak with your ex-spouse about maintaining similar disciplinary rules in each of your new households for the benefit of your teenager's emotional well-being. A sudden transfer from a well-disciplined, two-parent household to a split between one parent's strict environment and the other's rules-free zone can be harmful to your teen.

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Our San Diego divorce lawyers are committed to helping your divorce move along as smoothly as possible so that you and your loved ones can move on with your new lives. For help with your divorce, contact the offices of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP at 760-722-7646.

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