Children & Divorce

Divorce, Children & Stepfamilies

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

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.

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.

2018 Statewide Brochure for On-Site and Online Classes
2018 Clases En Linea

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)

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Reduced Fee Application(fill-in pdf)

Solicitud de Precio Rebajado - Nebraska Crianza Compartida

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

Divorce Effects

Divorce Notes

  • 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 Education

One of the goals of parents as they work through divorce or custody issues is to put their children first. Parents need to work together to provide consistent parenting and to avoid the common trap of putting children in the middle of conflict.
"Co-Parenting for Successful Kids" training can help - see below.

"I" Messages for Co-Parents: A More Peaceful Way of Communicating: 
Available in English| Spanish - Espanol

Website and Book List: For Parents Experiencing Divorce and/or Custody Issues

Nebraska Resources: Legal, Support Services and Domestic Violence-For Parents Experiencing Divorce and/or Custody Issues

Lincoln, Nebraska  Resources:  For Parents Experiencing Divorce and/or Custody Issues


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 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 Workbook (PDF)

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Supporting Stepfamilies workbook

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