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Family and Divorce

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Divorce and breakups create challenges for the whole family. Learn what you can do to meet these challenges by better understanding your own needs and those of your children at this difficult time.

Whatever the reason for the split—and whether or not you wanted it—the breakup of a long-term, committed relationship can turn your whole world upside down and trigger all sorts of painful and unsettling feelings. And when children are involved, the situation is even more challenging.

It can be difficult to give your kids the stability they need when you’re on an emotional rollercoaster of your own, but you can successfully navigate this unsettling time—and help your kids emerge from it feeling loved, confident, and strong.

 
 

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Divorce in the family

Managing conflict

 
 

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Children and Divorce: Helping your kids cope with your divorce involves providing stability in the home and a reassuring, positive attitude. To make this happen, you’ll need to take care of yourself—and work as peacefully as possible with your ex. MORE »

Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents: Your marriage may be over, but your family is not; doing what is best for your kids is your most important priority. The first step to being a mature, responsible co-parent is to always put your children's needs ahead of your own. MORE »

Step-Parenting and Blended Families: When families "blend" to create stepfamilies, it’s a huge adjustment for everyone. Here’s what you can do to help smooth the transition, make your kids feel more secure, and work through any growing pains. MORE »

 
 

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