Many divorcing parents worry about the effect their split may have on their children. Initially, children of any age may experience anxiety, anger or shock. However, children may react differently based on their age, gender and personality. School-aged children, in particular, may fear abandonment, fantasize about their parent’s getting back together, blame one parent for the divorce or exhibit behavioral problems as their parents go through divorce.
If you and your spouse face divorce, it may be comforting to know that while divorce can be initially difficult for children, most kids are able to bounce back from the experience within about two years. Although your school-age children will likely recover from your divorce on their own, there are some actions you and the other parent can take to help them better cope with the change.