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How will your adult children take the divorce?

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2019 | divorce

When parents of adult children in North Carolina decide to get a divorce, the way that children are told about it and treated during the process can differ wildly from how their younger counterparts may be treated. But just how does divorce impact adult children? Is it any different from a child, and if so, by how much?

Adult children face unique problems when told that their parents are getting divorced. The first is the expectation that as adults, they will be “mature” enough to handle the news without being as outwardly and openly upset as a young child might be. This leads to some adult children bottling up their feelings, which can lead to explosions later down the line.

Additionally, some parents make the mistake of using their adult children as a means of venting out their divorce-related frustrations. They do this under the reasoning that as adults, their children will be able to handle what they are told. However,  adult children are still your children. They most likely don’t want the details of why you and your spouse are splitting up or how the divorce is going. Finally, it can actually be harder for adult children to handle divorce because they have had more time to get used to the family dynamic.

It is important to understand that even though a child has grown into an adult, divorce is still a delicate topic. If you would like to read more about divorce and the impact it could have on others in a divorcing couple’s life, consider visiting our web page on family law.