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Parenting plans helpful during separation or divorce

Raising children is a challenging endeavor for every Texas parent, whether married or single. Several issues, such as education, religion and how to discipline, may create conflicts between partners. While these issues can prove to be stressful to anyone, the stress level could escalate quickly when divorce is involved. Many ex-couples find it important to discuss these hot-button issues in parenting plans.

When creating a parenting plan, experts suggest to only pick certain battles. Some ex-spouses may never agree on a specific issue, but it is important to acknowledge the disagreement and move forward. Keeping emotions in check is vital to these discussions.

It is critical to provide stability for the children when parents are separating or divorcing. Experts suggest keeping a routine schedule as a way to maintain a stable environment. They also suggest being available and nurturing to the children and supporting their relationship with the other parent.

Though a parenting plan may be in place, some ex-spouses may not abide by the terms established. Advocates recommend focusing on what is best for the children, rather than allowing anger toward the other parent to develop. The main focus should be on the special time the children get to spend with each parent.

While going through a Texas divorce, parents often want to keep life as consistent and routine as possible for their children. Parenting plans may be the best solution to ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of the children. A dedicated family law attorney can help develop a parenting plan specific to a client's needs. Having a knowledgeable lawyer is essential in navigating through the complex issues of divorce proceedings where children are involved.

Source: camplejeuneglobe.com, "Co-parenting tips every parent should use", Nancy Hauck, March 30, 2017

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