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Communication important for kids in divorce

A divorce is an especially difficult time for kids, and it can lead to many feelings of uncertainty and insecurity. Good communication between Texas parents who are ending their marriage can help make the process easier on their children. It may even have legal implications.

Communication is one of the most important things to do right when handling kids in a divorce. Parents shouldn't stop communicating with their children. It is important to be honest with the kids about what is going on. Trying to hide the situation or lie about is only going to force kids to make assumptions that could be wrong and even more painful than the truth. It is also important to continue that communication and reassurance. Kids need to know that even if their parents are splitting up, they themselves are not losing either one.

The other half of communication involves acting appropriately with each other. Disagreements should be handled away from the children, and it is important never to talk negatively about the other parent in front of the children. Parents should not fall into the habit of using children to carry difficult messages back and forth. Those who remain open in their communication with each other are more likely to resolve their divorce amicably.

Child custody is often one of the most difficult divorce legal issues, so parents who are able to reach an agreement about the kids and stay open in communication can make that part of the process much easier. There are several options parents have for resolving this, which may be easier on the family as a whole than handling the matter in court. An attorney might suggest mediation as an alternative to litigation.

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