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Protecting children from the emotional fallout of divorce

Reaching a compromise that is acceptable to both spouses can be extremely difficult in Texas divorce cases due to the state's community property laws and incendiary nature of many of the matters discussed. However, even spouses that find it difficult to bear the sight of one another are often able to put their anger and resentment aside when the welfare of young children is involved.

Negotiations over child custody are more likely to be successful when divorcing parents share a common goal and understand that they both want their children to prosper and be happy. A more cooperative approach has been embraced by family law judges in recent years as the data suggests that spending quality time with each of their parents helps children of divorce fare the best. Seeing their parents work together despite bitter personal differences also teaches children a valuable lesson that could make their own marriages more resilient later in life.

However, common goals are just the starting point for successful co-parenting arrangements, and many spouses choose to adopt a set of written rules in order to withstand the pressures of parenthood and daily life. One of the biggest pitfalls for divorcing parents to avoid is asking their children to take sides or using them as messengers during domestic quarrels. Parents who hope to avoid this trap may be wise to establish strict parenting rules, but these provisions should feature a certain degree of flexibility to deter parents from seeking out and exploiting loopholes.

Protracted court battles over custody or visitation are rarely looked back upon fondly by divorced parents, and the data suggest that they can also cause the children involved great emotional harm. When traditional negotiations have failed to yield an agreeable co-parenting solution, experienced family law attorneys may recommend divorce mediation as an alternative to civil litigation.

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