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More Traumatic Divorce for Children

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February 06, 2020 - Scumbumbo has passed on but his work and memories are still being kept alive by many of those whose lives he has touched. To download fixes for his mods, please check https://scumbumbomods.com/ and please direct any questions or concerns to the discord channel linked there.
Uploaded: 28th Oct 2014 at 1:00 AM
Updated: 7th Mar 2019 at 7:15 AM - March 7 bugfix for Version 4a (scripted) version
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.