Whether a marriage ends after years or months of therapy or suddenly after the discovery of a spouse's affair, when a shared child is involved, both spouses must pledge to be mature and put the best interests of a child first and foremost. One of the first necessary, yet painful, steps in this process is breaking news of a divorce to a child.
When discussing plans to divorce with a child, it's best when both parents are present. Being able to sit down together to explain plans and answer questions about anticipated changes helps ensure both parents are on the same page and aware of the challenges that may lay ahead. While conversations can be tailored to a child's age, it's best to provide a simple explanation for the divorce.