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The emotional and psychological needs of children during divorce

Just because a marriage does not work does not mean spouses cannot continue to co-parent with one another. While spouses in Texas were able to parent well together during a marriage, issues and problems could arise during the separation and divorce process. This can complicate the divorce process, but should not prevent divorcing parents from ensuring the needs of a child are met.

What can help Texas parents in a co-parenting arrangement?

When a marriage comes to an end, the one thing spouses are focused on is moving on with their new single life. However, this can be challenging when one is still required to have some contact and communication with their ex. When children are involved, divorcing parents in Texas and elsewhere will need to figure out a way to work through their differences as they share time with their child. Whether it was an amicable divorce or messy divorce, it is still possible for divorced parents to collaborate and work out a shared parenting arrangement.

The 'best interests' standard during child custody matters

Ending a marital relationship is tough. No one gets married thinking that it will one day end in divorce. However, the unfortunate reality is that roughly half of all marriage will meet this fate. Even when a spouse in Texas can cope with the idea that their marriage is over, it is much harder to cope with the idea that they have to develop a child custody plan. No one wants to think about spending less time with their child than they already have. However, this is a divorce issue that many have to come to terms with.

Mastering the art of co-parenting after divorce

Many Texans have ideas of what it will like to be a parent, but the reality is often much more than a person can imagine. It is a love like never before, and this level of love and desire to care for a child can make it challenging to address major life changes, such as divorce. Ending a marriage means that parents need to establish a child custody arrangement. On paper, this might seem straightforward. However, in action, this process is challenging, as it is often difficult for divorcing parents to reach an amicable agreement.

Reasons to modify child custody

From the time of their child's birth until adulthood, parents in Texas have to make a multitude of decision for their child. This typically means deciding what the child's needs are, what school they will attend, how to discipline them, what extracurricular activities they will be involved and other details on the way the child will be raised. When a child's parents are divorced, their child custody order will dictate whether one or both parents have the right to make these types of decisions. However, if a parent seeks to alter how physical and legal custody currently looks, it might be possible to seek a child custody modification.

Asserting your rights when establishing child custody

While we try to prevent it, it is sometimes impossible to avoid having certain events impact your life and the lives of others. Divorce is one of those events. It is not only a shocking, sad and emotional time; it is also one that stresses the relationship between a child and their parent. Because both parents likely want to protect this relationship, they will take steps to develop a child custody arrangement that helps ensure that their relationship with their child is not harmed or destroyed.

Can drug or alcohol abuse affect child custody in your divorce?

For many divorcing couples, the two biggest points of contention are how to divide the marital assets and how to handle child custody and visitation. Many times, both parents want to play a substantial role in the lives of the children. That can lead to issues such as both parents seeking sole custody. Other times, parents may see gaining custody as a way to "win" in a divorce. However, in some cases, one parent may seek sole or primary custody to protect the children.

How counter-parenting harms co-parenting

When it comes to parenting, Texas parents approach this task differently. While some utilize books, blogs and medical professionals to guide them with any issue that might pop up, others rely on instincts. However, when it comes to parenting a child during and after divorce, many parents seek advice on making this easier for themselves and their children.

Can the age of a child impact a custody arrangement?

When married parents decide to call it quits, their main focus is likely on their children and how this life event will impact not only their children but also their relationship with them. Because of that, child custody disputes tend to arise. While this is a common divorce issue parents face, it is not an easy one to work through. Parents not only have to think about their needs and how their life accommodates their child or children, but they also need to focus on the best interests of their child. The best interest standard is not always completely clear, as many factors involved in the process can impact the resulting order.