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Tips for preparing children for divorce

March is the most common month for divorce filings, and it is closely followed by August. Estranged parents in Texas and throughout the country might choose these months because they might be better for children. During March, parents might be able to deal with the requisite legal business while their children are busy with school, but others might prefer August when children are home more and they can spend more time together.

Timing is only one thing parents should think about when they are helping their children adjust to divorce. They should also consider how they will answer their children's questions about the situation in a way that will make their children feel secure. However, they should avoid inundating the children with details and should not say negative things about the other parent in their presence. In fact, parents should try to avoid any conflict when the children are around.

Some parents can live together when they are going through a divorce or can take turns remaining in the home while the children are there full time. Parents might need a custody and support agreement that is in place until the divorce is final. They may want to look into mediation since this could be cheaper than litigation and may help them work on conflict resolution skills that will be useful in co-parenting.

One important aspect is putting together a parenting plan. This can include agreements concerning issues as varied as how holidays will be handled, when children will meet new partners, extracurricular activities and homework. Parents may also want to discuss how they will deal with coparenting conflicts that arise. The aim should be for them to be able to negotiate issues between themselves rather than going to court. Their family law attorneys can often be of assistance in this regard.

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