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Child custody dispute can lead to stress for the children

A divorce proceeding in Texas can be as challenging for the children as it is for their parents. However, unfortunately, parents often become so consumed with their own divorce-related affairs that they neglect to address their children's concerns during this type of family law proceeding. A few tips may help parents to be more conscientious about their children's needs in a divorce proceeding involving child custody.

A mistake that many parents make is to treat their children as messengers and pawns. For instance, they use the children for manipulation or as leverage. Unfortunately, this creates an unstable environment for the children. Shielding the children from conflict is critical as they deal with a changing family life and home as a result of the divorce proceeding.

Being flexible is an important characteristic when going through divorce, as both the children and the parents must adjust to new schedules and roles due to the divorce. There may be missed appointments or delayed drop-offs and pick-ups. In addition, emergencies might crop up. Being understanding is critical for keeping the peace.

Finally, allowing the children the opportunity to grieve is essential, as the divorce process is still a loss even if the children appear to be coping with it well. To make the experience as smooth as possible, going through the collaborative divorce process rather than going to trial may be beneficial for the whole family. During this particular process, a mental health professional, along with one's attorney in Texas, can be part of the team created to address child custody and other issues that will affect the children long after the divorce.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "9 Strategies To Help Your Children Cope With Divorce", Vikki Ziegler, May 22, 2017

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