If you are like most parents in California who get divorced, the impact of this change on your children will be among the biggest concerns you have at this time. Every child and every divorce is unique so there may be no way to fully predict how your children will react to the divorce but there are some guidelines you can be aware of based on the age and emotional development of your children.
As explained by Very Well Family, teenagers can be among the hardest to connect with during a divorce. Kids at this age are already navigating their need and desire for increased independence yet they still need parental grounding and support, even if they do not always want to admit it. The added curve ball of a divorce may make finding the balance here even harder for teens.
One of the best things you can do is to work hard to get along with your parenting partner. The more both parents are able to avoid an openly adversarial or conflict-laden atmosphere, the better for kids of any age, especially teenagers. As many as one in four teens end up exhibiting behavioral, academic, emotional or physical problems during a parental divorce. Providing professional support to your teen is also important at this time.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give divorcing parents in California an overview of the range of effects that their marital split may have on their teenage children and what potential problems to look for during the transition.