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Helping children deal with divorce in Texas

Its no secret that things can get messy rather quickly when couples decide to end a marriage. The word divorce in itself is on occasion enough to induce cringes and bring about a myriad of mixed emotions for couples in Texas and across the country. When children are caught in the middle of a divorce, the life-altering experience can quickly become traumatic and stressful. However, there are steps that parents can take to soften the impact that a split can have on their children.

Negative comments about the other spouse should be kept at a minimum. Most of the time, there is a feeling of resentment when spouses decide to end their relationship. However, children will still love both parents, so negative emotions should never be vocalized in the presence of children or within their hearing. Even though arguments among divorcing couples are often plentiful, keeping arguments at a minimum when children are around will minimize a toxic environment that parents should be trying to avoid.

During these tumultuous times, it is very important for parents to listen and take into account the desires of their children. The best way for parents to show that they care is to listen to their children and take the feelings of their children into consideration. Also, when children visit the other partner, reassure them that they should enjoy their time with the other parent. It is okay and normal for parents to be sad, but parents should avoid sharing their own feelings of sadness with a child.

Divorce can be stressful for children, but it can also be a positive experience. Living in two happy environments is a much better scenario for children than living in one toxic environment with two unhappily married people. There is help available for Texas parents who have questions or need guidance regarding divorce. Seeking the services of an experienced Board-Certified Family Law Expert attorney could help an individual navigate through this difficult and emotional time.

Source:, "5 Things Children of Divorce Don't Want to Deal With", Laura Lifshitz, April 29, 2017

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