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Child custody disputes often leave children feeling ignored

During divorce, it is easy for parents to become preoccupied with the emotional and financial aspects of the divorce to the point that the children feel ignored. In fact, even in child custody cases, parents are often focused so heavily on the cases themselves that they devote more time to the cases than to their children. A couple of tips may help parents in Texas to navigate the divorce process with their children.

First, it is essential not to spoil the children as they go through their parents' divorce. In the same way, it is important not to display anger toward them. Both behaviors may indicate to the children that they are not loved or cared for. Instead, focusing on providing the children with love, discipline and stable routines is paramount for giving them the best chance of coping with the divorce effectively.

Second, having patience is a key part of going through divorce when children are involved. The emotional injuries that come with divorce may take a while to heal. These emotional injuries include the disruption done to the family as a result of the marital split-up.

Divorce is understandably a challenging process to go through as an adult. It can be even more difficult for children in Texas, who may feel responsible for the divorce and unsettled about what will happen after their parents split up. An attorney can help parents to pursue as amicable of an outcome as possible when negotiating a child custody agreement, focusing on the children's needs.

Source: goodtherapy.org, "Divorced with Children: Dating and Blending Families", Deb Hirschhorn, March 2, 2017

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