Parents going through a divorce in Texas may often be most concerned about how the end of their marriage will affect their children. While the romantic relationship between the adults has come to an end, in many cases, both parents want to protect their kids from pain and confusion during the divorce process. While some amount of disarray and disorientation may be unavoidable, divorcing parents can work to protect their children from unnecessary pain as their marriage comes to an end.
In the first place, it can be important for parents to avoid placing their child between them or pushing him or her to take sides in the divorce. Kids often love both of their parents, especially when child abuse or neglect is not a factor. They should not feel that their parents’ divorce needs to be a divorce for them as well. Similarly, when a child returns to one parent after custody or parenting time with the other person, that parent should not pepper him or her with questions about his or her former partner. Parents should communicate directly with each other, especially about co-parenting matters; the children should not be forced into a position of having to be messengers between their parents.
In addition, even when a parent has a close relationship with his or her child, that person should be aware that kids aren’t appropriate confidantes or support systems for helping their parents deal with the end of their romantic relationship. Children are dealing with their own concerns and need more support from their parents.
Children can often have a tough time dealing with their parents’ divorce, but supportive families and friends can help them handle the situation positively and productively. Parents who are considering ending their marriage can speak with a family law attorney. A lawyer can work to protect a parent’s relationship with his or her child and advocate for his or her interests in child custody and other divorce matters.