Jacquelyn S. Gonz, Attorney At Law Llc

How to turn a house into a home after divorce

Divorce is a challenging experience; you have to break up with your spouse, divide time with your children and lose half of your assets in the process. There is also the possibility that you need to find a new house or apartment after the divorce finalizes.

While a new space offers you a fresh beginning, your children may perceive it as unfamiliar territory. Luckily, there are ways to help your kids adjust to your new settings while you transition into your single life.

Let your kids meet the new place

It's very easy to conduct the house-hunting process on your own, especially after a painful divorce. You know what you want and how much you want to pay for it. However, you may want to include your children in the process. It allows them to adjust to the idea of a new house while spending time with their parent.

If you do not want them at actively looking at houses with you, consider showing them the home you plan on buying. It gives them an opportunity to visualize what the home will look like with their toys and mementos across the floor before you move in.

Allow them to decorate their room

Once you move into a new house, allow your kids to decorate the space. You could paint the walls together, hang up family pictures, pick out bedding for their room or even help decide where the furniture goes.

Your kids will be able to customize the space to feel more comfortable to them and even find familiarity in a new home. It also gives you a reason to buy décor or furniture for your place after the property division.

Establish a daily routine

Once you establish the look of the house, you should establish the routine for the home. Consider designating specific chores to each child, or create a joint schedule for the house. It will teach your children responsibility, and it will make the house feel more like a home in the process.

The best technique to help your children adjust is embracing time. It takes time for your kids to understand the divorce and their new environment, but they will grow to understand and accept their new home.

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