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Child custody disagreement can spark various emotions in children

Divorce is an emotional roller coaster that sparks varying emotions in those going through it. Even as parents in Texas struggle with anger and frustration when dealing with matters such as child custody, the children can also deal with anxiety and sadness. In some cases, the children try to hide their feelings, but their feelings will end up manifesting themselves in one way or another.

Even though divorce can be emotionally challenging to navigate, parents going through a breakup can help their children by trying to avoid blaming each other in front of the kids. If they feel that they need to criticize the other person, doing this with a therapist or a friend -- not at home -- may be helpful. When children hear their parents gripe about each other, they naturally feel as though the parents expect them to pick sides.

Supporting the time the children spend with the other parent is also essential following divorce. In that way, the children can feel as though they are allowed to love both of their parents equally. In addition, maintaining uniform household rules is critical, as this further reassures to the children that their parents love them and care about what is best for them.

The more the parents can strive to get along and find common ground when navigating through divorce proceedings involving child custody, the better life will be for the children. The parents can work together on a parenting plan that addresses how legal custody and parenting time will be handled. An attorney in Texas can help with creating a plan that reflects one's personal wishes along with what is in the children's best interests.

Source: philly.com, "Helping Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce", Joan McClusky, June 14, 2017

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