Child Behavior During Divorce (Checklist)
This checklist allows you, as a divorcing or separating parent, the opportunity to evaluate how your child is managing through this difficult time. The list includes those characteristic traits that are prevalent with those children who have significant emotional problems caused by divorce. Counseling should be considered for your child if just a few of these behaviors apply to your child.

The Checklist
  • Sudden changes in physical appearance (weight loss/gain etc.)
  • Rebelling against normal activities or daily routines.
  • Secretive actions (closing bedroom door).
  • Dramatic mood swings.
  • Shutting down and pretending problems do not exist.
  • Reverting to old habits or earlier stages of development.
  • Rebelling against elders (parents, teachers, etc.)
  • Spending excessive time around new friends.
  • Refusal to do ordinary chores.
  • Refusal to visit with estranged parent.
  • Spell-bound on parents getting back together.
  • Excessive crying or depression.
  • Excessive headaches or stomachaches.
  • Sleeping problems.
  • Refusal to eat or inconsistent eating habits.
  • Academic problems.
  • Blatant misbehavior.



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