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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.

Description

"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
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TraumaticDivorceForChildren_v4a_Scripted.zip | Version 4A - Includes script to make reactions work between floors

Size: 17.9 KB · Downloads: 21,622 · 7th Mar 2019
17.9 KB 21,622 7th Mar 2019
TraumaticDivorceForChildren_v4.zip | Version 4 - No Script Required

Size: 15.7 KB · Downloads: 6,926 · 22nd Feb 2019
15.7 KB 6,926 22nd Feb 2019
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#2 Old 28th Oct 2014 at 1:19 AM
Yay thanks so much..... I used to only make mine get divorced after forcing all the kids into the same room to watch....I'm still married (20 Years) in real life and would hate anything like that happening my family but in my Sims games I say Bring on the Sadness....
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#3 Old 28th Oct 2014 at 2:09 AM
We need more mods like these! For a game that's supposed to be all about emotions, they have some wonky reactions (or should I say non-reactions) :\
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#4 Old 28th Oct 2014 at 6:14 AM
I don't know if I need the mod, as I don't do divorce, but your description is priceless.
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#5 Old 28th Oct 2014 at 3:05 PM
I love the idea for this mod! I'll be adding it to my game now!! Is there a chance that you are making a similar one for when a Sim dies? Most of the time Sims don't seem to be bothered by a Sim dying haha
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#6 Old 28th Oct 2014 at 5:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Wee Albet
Most of the time Sims don't seem to be bothered by a Sim dying haha

yeah my old sim died, and his wife just cried 2 times and called the sadness line (or whatever it's called) once, and she was flirty and ready to marry someone else immediately! XD
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#7 Old 28th Oct 2014 at 7:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Wee Albet
Most of the time Sims don't seem to be bothered by a Sim dying haha


So true. And they actually have to witness the death of a loved one in order to get sad. Pretty sure if someone I love died and I wasn't there to witness it, I'd still be pretty sad...

Thanks for the great mod BTW!
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#8 Old 28th Oct 2014 at 8:27 PM
Hi, thank you for the mod.

Say, since you're familiar with this kind of thing, Do you think that you could take a look at the files that control "Go to work", and when the bladder need is red, and change both the normal walk when going to work, and the awkward walk when going to the bathroom to "running"? I would like that for a while now. Thanks again, eitherway. :)
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#9 Old 1st Nov 2014 at 12:34 AM
Thanks this looks really ineresting
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#10 Old 1st Nov 2014 at 10:02 PM
Totally off topic but where did you get the in-game pink floyd shirt?
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#11 Old 2nd Nov 2014 at 7:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Tolkien
Totally off topic but where did you get the in-game pink floyd shirt?


Those were by TommY.KillER here on MTS: ProgRock t-shirts for Teen-Elder Male & Female Sims
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#12 Old 2nd Nov 2014 at 11:26 AM
This is amazing! Do you think you could do something similar for Sims who witness their loved one's death? For me that never actually gives me a sadness buff, it's only when they go to the gravestone that they start grieving and even then it's not very long..
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#13 Old 3rd Nov 2014 at 6:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Wee Albet
I love the idea for this mod! I'll be adding it to my game now!! Is there a chance that you are making a similar one for when a Sim dies? Most of the time Sims don't seem to be bothered by a Sim dying haha


I was planning on making a mod for death as well, yes. Took me a while to get things tuned the way I liked and felt was balanced, but I posted the mod here on MTS tonight.
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#14 Old 6th Nov 2014 at 1:42 AM
This is pure genius!...I was wondering if there was a way to make a mod that kinda ties in to this divorce mod.
There's something I noticed... when my sims cheated, broke up the relationship and divorced each other, they still somewhat flirted and chatted happily with each other like they were best friends, and I even made them declared enemies, and they STILL did it. I want my sim to be mad when mad for a time, not flirty and happy. So irritating EA!! Another good idea would be negative reactions to pregnancy! Thanks for your mod!
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#15 Old 17th Dec 2014 at 4:54 AM
I have checked the mod for compatibility with the December 16 (careers) patch and no update is required.
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#16 Old 2nd Jan 2015 at 5:01 AM
The description was just hilarious. And it is really weird when you break up and you still flirt and chat like you are bff's when you are exes. Do you think you cold make a mod to fix that?
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#17 Old 2nd Jan 2015 at 5:36 AM
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Originally Posted by ThatGalaxyGirl
The description was just hilarious. And it is really weird when you break up and you still flirt and chat like you are bff's when you are exes. Do you think you cold make a mod to fix that?


That's something that has bugged me as well. I thought a bit about how it could be addressed and the best idea I'd had was to change divorce/breakups to a sub-menu that give you an option between a clean breakup where the couple remains friends, a normal breakup which would give them negative feelings to each other, and a messy breakup which would make them mortal enemies. I thought it would be cool too in a divorce if the children took sides, especially after a messy breakup, decreasing their relationship with whichever parent had a lesser relationship level with them.

All of that would be a lot of work, something I'm not prepared to take on at the moment. Who knows though, maybe someone else will read this and like the idea enough to take up the work for us.
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#18 Old 14th Jan 2015 at 7:17 AM
I have checked this mod for compatibility with the January 13 game update and there do not appear to be any changes required.
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#19 Old 26th Jan 2015 at 5:01 PM
gracias
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#20 Old 2nd Feb 2015 at 2:34 AM
Thanks so much!
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#21 Old 4th Feb 2015 at 7:55 AM
This mod has been checked against the latest game patch (Feb 3, 2015) and no updates should be required.
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#22 Old 15th Feb 2015 at 8:55 PM
I appreciate this. I split up the Goth family before installing this, and Cassandra and Alexander just carried on, as if nothing happened...
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#23 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 11:49 PM
Do you know if this mod is effective for divorcing step-parents, or do both parents have to have given birth to the kid?
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#24 Old 17th Apr 2015 at 1:38 AM
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Originally Posted by TheatricalNonsense
Do you know if this mod is effective for divorcing step-parents, or do both parents have to have given birth to the kid?

I honestly can't remember!

From just looking at the XML, it seems like (don't quote me) it only affects the child if the INITIATOR of the divorce is one of their blood relation parents. It doesn't have to be both parents, though.
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#25 Old 17th Apr 2015 at 2:46 AM
This mod is awesome Ty
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