Helping Teens Thrive After Divorce

Divorce has an impact on children of all ages, however a recent study has shown that divorce is likely to impact your teen’s education. The study showed that teens whose parents divorced are more likely to not graduate from college than other teens. All parents want their children to be successful and happy as adults. Here are some suggestions to help your teen avoid being a statistic.

  1. Talk with your ex and make sure you are on the same page about your teen and college. You need to have a consistent and supportive message about college.
  2. Create a financial plan with your ex that will ensure your child’s college costs are planned for. This doesn’t mean footing the bill, but it does mean understanding anticipated costs and creating a plan that may involve loans.
  3. Talk with your child’s guidance counselor. Find out what kind of career your child is suited for (find out if your teen took the PLAN test which predicts this) and discuss what colleges might be a good fit. Use resources at your child’s school and online to help find and evaluate colleges.
  4. Get your teen involved in college planning. Most teens simply don’t know where to start, so take your teen on college tours, enroll him in an SAT prep class, and try to involve him in community service programs relevant to his areas of interest.
  5. Stay involved in your teen’s college life. Although your eighteen-year-old college student is an adult, he still needs guidance and support. Ask questions. Offer advice. Find out what classes he is taking or wants to take. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call his advisor or RA for advice, support and information. Stay involved in his education and be supportive.

The Sampair Group handles divorce and family law cases in the Mesa, Phoenix, and Glendale areas of Arizona. Call our office to schedule a convenient appointment today.