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Divorcing parents can ease transition for the kids

When Texas parents get divorced, the split can be devastating to their children. There are, however, some actions the parents can take that may help lessen the trauma and emotional pain of the separation.

Divorce changes everyone's lives and it is an inevitable part of the process. Parents can help to soothe the change from a two-parent home to a one-parent home by limiting the number of changes children will go through at one time. It can help if children can stay in the home they're used to for awhile, If this isn't feasible, it may be possible for them to stay in the neighborhood so they don't have to change schools right away. If changes must take place all at the same time, parents should do what they can to ease the pain of the transition.

Parents should also try to cut down on conflict between themselves. The fact that parents are getting divorced because they can't get along is evidence of conflict. For their children's sake, parents should try to get along. Divorcing parents need to take care of themselves. Children can pick up on stress, so parents reducing their own stress level will help children better cope with the divorce process.

The end of a marriage is stressful for all family members. It's easier said than done, but parents should try to keep their split as amicable as possible. To this end, they may want to consult with their repsective family law attorneys who may be able to defuse the couple's conflict. An attorney may be able to help sort through divorce matters such as child custody and support.

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