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Focusing on the children when it comes to child custody

Residents of Houston, Texas understand that the joys of being a parent come with great responsibility as well. Parents should be a good role model for their child or children. However, when divorce occurs, it may cause emotional strain on the parents as they settle the legal issues arising as a result of the separation. Legal issues, such as property division, child support and, particularly, child custody concern both parents in the divorce.

Texas residents may know that resolving child custody issues may be complicated as they involve each parent's responsibilities, parenting time and visitation rights with the child. Parents should remember that although divorce cannot be avoided, the parents' separation should not have a negative influence on the child.

In the event of a divorce, it is up to both parents to minimize the effect that the divorce has on their child, which is why it is important to focus on the children first. This may allow the children to cope with divorce more easily. Not speaking negatively about the former spouse and encouraging children to talk about how they spent their time with the other parent can be helpful.

Additionally, divorced parents should not discuss financial matters in front of the child or children, particularly child support. Children should not have to worry about late payments or unpaid child support from the non-custodial parent. Divorced parents should be careful not to stress the children while they are spending time with the other parent as it may lead to children blaming themselves for their parents' divorce.

Although the turmoil regarding child custody issues in divorce may not be prevented, it is up to the parents to be sensitive to the children and make the situation less problematic and stressful for them. As much as possible, decisions associated with child custody should focus on the well-being of the child.

Source: Huffingtonpost, "Keeping Kids Out of the Middle," Elizabeth Denham, Feb. 22, 2013

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