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Divorce at Graduation?

By Leslie Fineberg on April 10, 2013

According to the University of Virginia’s Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, Robert Emery, Ph.D., parents of young people who are nearing graduation should wait until a better time to tell them that they plan to divorce.  Announcing your plans to divorce in the months prior to your children’s high school graduation may not be healthy for them.

High school graduation is a time to celebrate your children’s accomplishments.  For young people, it is a thrilling rite of passage.  Your children have matured in a healthy environment, but making the choice to tell them of your plans to divorce is not the healthiest decision.  Dr. Emery advises couples to wait for graduation season to end before they announce their plans to separate or divorce.  Remember how excited you were when your senior prom season arrived followed shortly by graduation?  Don’t ruin that experience for your children by burdening them with your problems at this time.

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