Children & Divorce

Divorce, Children & Stepfamilies

Parents divorce each other not the children, but children often feel the pain more than parents realize.

shadow of child

couple arguing in front of little girl

Divorce is a time of stress, confusion, and sadness for kids of any age. Their daily lives have changed and they experience the uncertainty of what life will be like. This is certainly a scary time for children. Parents, however, can make the process less painful and help their children learn to cope successfully.


Divorce Effects

Co-Parenting for Successful Kids Class

Co-Parenting for Successful Kids is an educational program for families in the process of divorce, or who are interested in custody modification or paternity proceedings. The class will help parents understand the impact on their children and provide concrete steps parents can take to help their children succeed through the process.

Co-Parenting for Successful Kids is available throughout Nebraska to help meet the needs of divorcing families and children and meet the requirements of the New Parent Act as amended by LB 554 in 2007.

2017 On-site Classes listed by Date

2017 Statewide Brochure for On-Site and Online Classes

Insert for On-Site classes added in Beatrice and Syracuse

Tips for printing the brochure:
1) Save the pdf to your harddrive and open with Adobe Reader.
2) Print on legal-sized (11"x14") paper
3) Fold as a quarterfold (fold in half, then in half again so that the Co-parenting logo is on front)

Co-Parenting for Successful Kids On-line (Credit Card Payment) & On-site (if paying with Credit Card) -  Register Here

Reduced Fee Application (fill-in pdf)

Tips for using fill-in pdfs:
1.  Save the pdf to your hardrive and open with Adobe Reader.
2.  Fill-in the blanks and save.
3.  "Attach" pdf in an email.

Parenting Plan Video

Spanish Version

Mediation Video

Spanish Version

"I" Messages Video

Buying Love and Affection Video


  • Divorce is a grief experience surpassed only by the death of a parent.
  • Teachers, child care professionals, family members and both parents can help children cope with their emotions during this difficult time.

Some families going through divorce experience turmoil and high conflict.

  • Ways to avoid common distresses of divorce on children, including transitions and shared parenting time
  • Tactics to make interactions more calm
  • More helpful tips about children and divorce


Divorce Through the Eyes of Adolecents G2210

Successful Transitions for High Conflict Families G1817

Supporting Children of Divorce:  Guidelines for Caregivers G1791

Parenting from a Distance G1996

Parenting Plans for Separating or Divorcing Parents G1983

How Divorce Affects Children:  Developmental Stages G2209

More information on parenting issues is available on our Parents pages.



Children of divorce can find themselves part of a new family makeup. Stepfamilies face many challenges as parents, children and extended family members learn how to be part of a new family.

Supporting Stepfamilies workbookSupporting Stepfamilies: Workbook with lessons and activities for parents and children to help make transitions easier.
 (*pdf, 64 pages; 2.5 MB)

(*PDF documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download free.)


This article has been written and reviewed by UNL Extension Educators and Specialists.