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How parents can help their kids after divorce

Many married parents in Texas decide to file divorce when things just aren't working out as they had hoped. While divorce can be hard for minor children, parents can take several steps to help their children adjust to life after a separation.

Ex-spouses can help their children adjust by maintaining a consistent routine. This works even better if both parents can agree on important decisions like bedtime, chores and extracurricular activities for their kids. When one parent has to discipline a child, it's important for the other parent to reinforce and support the parent's decision.

Some children blame themselves for a divorce and feel insecure about the unity of their family. That's why parents should provide plenty of support and reassure their kids that the divorce isn't their fault. Children don't need to know all the reasons why their parents got divorced. However, parents should try to answer honestly when questions are asked about the separation.

When one parent has to move away, it's important that they do what they can to remind their children that they are thinking about them. Parents who are separated by geographical distance can show their kids that they are a priority by frequently making time for phone calls.

An attorney experienced in divorce litigation may be able to help a client litigate a child custody case. In some cases, joint custody may be the best option. This works well if the parents get along and do not live far apart since joint custody involves approximately equal parenting time. In cases where joint custody is unfeasible, an attorney may be able to help a parent fight for primary custody.

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