As an older couple in California who has decided that it may be time to get a divorce, you may also believe that your choice will not have any impact on your adult children. Today, we will take a look at how adult children can be affected by divorce and what you can do to make the transition a bit easier.
First of all, it is a myth that adult children are less affected by a parent’s divorce than younger children. In fact, they may be more affected in some cases. They have had more time to become acclimated to the current family dynamic and are therefore more likely to be shaken up by big changes. Likewise, many studies have shown that the older a person gets, the worse they handle change in general.
Additionally, many parents make the mistake of venting or emotionally unloading on their children because of the misdirected belief that their adult children are going to handle the divorce just fine. This can lead to the child feeling immense amounts of pressure and may lead to complications between their relationship with you or your ex-spouse depending on what is said.
Adult children are still your children. They are much more likely to be affected by your divorce than you may think. Make sure to treat them kindly and not unload too much personal burden onto them while being understanding of how shaken up they could be.
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