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Putting children first important in divorce

Getting through the dissolution of a marriage can be challenging for adults for both financial and emotional reasons, but it can also be emotionally difficult for children. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the parents to fight over the children when addressing matters such as child custody and visitation. Thinking of the children first is essential during a Texas divorce proceeding when any kids ar involved.

In some cases, it may be possible for the parents to choose divorce mediation rather than litigate the issues at trial. Court proceedings are typically adversarial. Mediating a divorce may make it easier for the parents to complete the divorce process as amicably as possible. In doing so, each parent is still represented by separate legal counsel, who can participate at every stage of the mediation proceedings.

When the divorce process is adversarial, the children involved can be damaged. According to research, a contentious divorce can cause the children of the divorcing parents to suffer emotionally, even after they become adults. They can also end up with physical problems that result from the stress that has built up over the years after their parents divorced.

In a Texas mediation, parents can work together on a parenting agreement that spells out custodial terms and visitation schedules. The goal in such an agreement is to consider both parents' desires and needs as well as what is best for the children in the years ahead. Financial matters, such as the division of assets and property, can also be addressed during this alternative to traditional divorce litigation.

Source: tnledger.com, "The many costs of divorce", Linda Bryant, March 3, 2017

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