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More Traumatic Divorce for Children

by scumbumbo Posted 28th Oct 2014 at 1:00 AM - Updated 7th Mar 2019 at 7:15 AM by scumbumbo : March 7 bugfix for Version 4a (scripted) version
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Updated March 7, 2019 - Fixed a bug in the script for version 4a. Users of the non-scripted version 4 do not need to update. For the scripted version make sure you have the latest script, the modification date on it should show as March 7.

The mod is now available in two "flavors":
  • Version 4 works like the original and does not require any script.
  • Version 4a contains a script that will allow children Sims on another floor of the house to react to the divorce and get the sad buff. It will still not enable children off the lot to react.

Basic Info:
  • Children and teens will now cancel most actions to react to the divorce.
  • Both parents will now broadcast the divorce to the children. Now if a child's step-mother divorces their father they will react appropriately rather than ignoring the situation (since step-mom isn't really their mother).
  • Child sims should get a sad mood even if they were busy and missed the divorce.
  • Broadcasters still don't travel stairs (game limitation), so they still won't notice the divorce at all if they are on a different floor or on a different lot (out to school).
  • Various improvements to the way the broadcasting worked to optimize and make the reactions more reliable.


"Divorce is always hard on children..." the game claims -- well, not really hard, just a tiny bit depressing if they happen to be there to witness it. Even then it only takes four hours for them to get over it completely!

Not any more!

This mod increases the sadness level for children to +3 and the duration increases to 5 days.

Teens didn't get sad at all, they just ignored the divorce. I think this was a bug or oversight as some of the files reference teens, but not all of them. This will give teens a sadness of only +2 for 4 days (since they're hopefully a bit more emotionally stable than children).

In addition, the news of the divorce will be broadcast to as many children as possible, not just those who happen to witness it. Due to the limitations currently in the game, news doesn't travel up or down a flight of stairs or to those on another lot, so children that aren't on the same floor or that are off to school will be blissfully unaware of the unhappy event. However, this mod does make the news travel to children on the other side of the wall, or if on the ground floor, playing out in the yard or even jogging down the block.

So, it's an improvement, but not really perfect. Hopefully someone will determine how to make news go up a flight of steps soon!

Installation Instructions

Just unzip the package file to your Mods folder as usual. If you are using version 3a of the mod then you must install both the v3a version of the package and the script file.

This mod may cause conflicts with other mods which change reactions to divorce. Due to the wide variety of mods and sources for them, it is unlikely I will be able to help you with such a conflict. If there is a conflict, either one or both mods may fail to work properly, your game may crash, frogs may rain down from the sky...

This mod requires The Sims 4 to be patched to at least version 1.48.94 (December 20, 2018)

Additional Credits:
As always, the authors of S4PE.
Tags: #divorce, #sadness, #child, #teen

Type: Fixed Other

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 4
Built with Game Version: 1.50.67
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Version 4A - Includes script to make reactions work between floors

Size: 17.9 KB · Downloads: 22,331 · 7th Mar 2019
17.9 KB 22,331 7th Mar 2019 | Version 4 - No Script Required

Size: 15.7 KB · Downloads: 7,180 · 22nd Feb 2019
15.7 KB 7,180 22nd Feb 2019
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Test Subject
#51 Old 25th Feb 2019 at 12:33 AM
I just found this mod and added to my game. I have updated to the latest patch and as soon as my game started I received a last exception for this mod. Not sure what it's for. I also downloaded version 4a
Test Subject
#52 Old 7th Mar 2019 at 12:07 AM
My game immersion was totally destroyed by my adopted daughters not reacting to their Mom's divorcing. So much so I had to quit the game and come and research why the heck they didn't care! YOUR MOM HAS MOVED OUT! YOU DON'T EVEN CARE WHERE SHE IS?! I'm so mad! I feel like its really spoilt a story I've been playing for weeks.

Thankyou for fixing yet another EA oversight. I actually logged into this account for the first time in several YEARS to download this and comment.
Original Poster
#53 Old 7th Mar 2019 at 6:14 AM
Originally Posted by natalie88
I just found this mod and added to my game. I have updated to the latest patch and as soon as my game started I received a last exception for this mod. Not sure what it's for. I also downloaded version 4a

@natalie88 Confirmed, an update to the scripted version will be available soon (like later tonight soon).
Original Poster
#54 Old 7th Mar 2019 at 7:16 AM
The fix to the scripted version of the mod, v4a is now available. Make sure you have the script file from this March 7 download, the modification date on the MTS_Scumbumbo_TraumaticDivorceForChildren_v4a.ts4script file should show as being March 7.

Players using the non-scripted version 4 do not need to update the mod, it has not changed.
Test Subject
#55 Old 25th Jun 2019 at 1:03 PM
Is this working after the June patch??
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 25th Mar 2020 at 9:00 AM
Please update. I'm getting LEs.
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 1st Apr 2020 at 5:58 AM
Originally Posted by BlackPiano
Please update. I'm getting LEs.

Sadly, this modder has passed on.
Lab Assistant
#58 Old 21st Jun 2020 at 4:54 AM
They say that you truly appreciate what someone gave you after they're gone, while I never got to interact with Scumbumbo, I will always remember them whenever their mods are used in my game, he made Sims 4 more enjoyable for me to play, a true legend among Modders and Simmers alike. Rest in peace and Godspeed, Scumbumbo, you are loved and missed by all.
Test Subject
#59 Old 27th Oct 2020 at 3:20 PM
RIP Scumbumbo
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