Divorce can understandably take an emotional and financial toll on the two spouses going through it. However, if they are parents, their children will also be impacted by the marital breakup in one way or another, especially when it comes to child custody. A couple of tips may help divorcing parents in Texas to help their children through the process effectively.
A child is not simply a miniature adult. As a result, children will experience and interpret their parents’ divorce from unique perspectives. For this reason, seeking counseling and support for all of the children in the family — and the spouses — may be a wise move. The children might not necessarily feel comfortable with sharing their feelings with their divorcing parents, but they may be more willing to open up to a child therapist.
In addition, the parents may help the children by attempting to maintain a fair and civil relationship. This includes showing respect toward each other and modeling positive behavior. This is particularly important when they are trying to work out how they will spend time with their children.
One of the easiest ways in which to maintain a civil relationship is to tackle divorce issues through divorce mediation or negotiation rather than at divorce trial. With mediation or negotiation, divorcing parents can try to find common ground on matters such as child custody and then put together a parenting agreement that satisfies both parties. An attorney in Texas will push for the most personally favorable outcome for a spouse while most importantly keeping in mind what is in the children’s best interests.
Source: citizen-times.com, “When parents separate: A survival guide for families“, Emily Eileen Carter, Jan. 29, 2018