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Child custody battle can make children's lives harder

In modern society, divorce is relatively common. Still, that does not mean it is easy for adults and children alike to navigate emotionally. A couple of tips may help parents in Texas to make the divorce process as easy as possible for their children when dealing with sticky situations such as child custody.

First, avoiding the pawn game is important to minimize the divorce's impact on the children. This game involves using a child to gain leverage when it comes to tackling the distribution of property or other types of financial disputes. This also involves allowing the children to use a parent as a pawn to get the easier home living situation.

Cooperating with a soon-to-be ex is also important for both the parents and the children. After all, even after the divorce has been finalized, the parents will still have to communicate and make decisions together. The more they can cooperate during the divorce proceeding, the easier the whole family's lives will be following the split-up.

If parents in Texas are able to see eye to eye on how to handle child custody, they can avoid further court intrusion. However, if they are unable to work out their own parenting agreement at the negotiating table, they will have to rely on a judge to make a child custody decision for them. Factors that the judge will take into consideration include the physical and mental health of the parents, the age of the child and the child's wishes, ultimately focusing on what the child's best interests are. An attorney in Texas can help one to fight for an outcome that is personally favorable in addition to being favorable for the children in light of the circumstances surrounding the marital split-up.

Source: findlaw.com, "Divorce: Easing the Strain on Children", Accessed on July 5, 2017

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