Helping Children Cope with Divorce

This information is useful for children
A woman comforts a teenage girl who is despondent over her parents' divorce.

Few, if any, children who learn their parents are going to divorce welcome the news, but according to family and divorce specialist Barbara Nordhaus, MSW, a licensed clinical social worker in the Yale Medicine Child Study Center, the breakup of parents doesn’t have to be catastrophic for children. 

While divorce is a loss, she says, it can bring positive changes to a family when handled well. “If parents can work together for the best interests of their children, divorce can provide relief and optimism, and the potential for growth for everyone—children too,” Nordhaus says. “Most parents I meet want to have a divorce they can feel good about.”


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