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Ways to manage your child's experience of divorce

If you are unhappy in your marriage, it's likely that you have contemplated divorce on several occasions. You may feel that divorce has both pros and cons, with the cons being the negative effect that it could have on your children. For many parents, concerns about their children's development is a key barrier that prevents them from filing for divorce.

However, divorce does not necessarily have a negative impact on a child when compared to two unhappy parents staying together. Not only should you consider the impact that divorce will have, but consider the impact that staying together will have.

During a divorce, stay respectful and focus on reducing conflict

Divorcing has a tendency to bring out the worst in people, at least temporarily. Getting a divorce may be like living with an open wound. Every little negative remark may upset you or make you want to drag out the process as long as you can to make it more costly for your spouse.

It's a good idea to think carefully about how you want to approach your divorce. Being respectful and willing to negotiate will paint you in a much better light if you do eventually have to go before a judge. It can also help you work out many of the issues you face outside court, so that there is an opportunity for you to avoid costing yourself and your spouse more than is necessary.

Conflicted about your child’s special education needs?

Divorce can complicate special education issues. While you and your spouse used to get along; one thing upon which you always disagreed was how to address your child's education. Now, you have two homes and two different opinions about your child's educational needs, and you no longer get along with the each other.

Divorce can complicate special education issues, because both parents may need to sign off on things like the Individual Education Program team's plans. When you can’t agree your child is left with no plan.

Building a parenting plan that meets your child's needs

When parents divorce, courts typically require them to create a parenting plan that outlines each parent's rights and responsibilities to their child. The parenting plan is a crucial part of creating a stable environment for a child after divorce, establishing boundaries around how each parent should act and the ways each parent must care for their child and share their time together.

Unfortunately, many parents do not understand that a parenting plan is not a suggestion of behavior by the court, it is a legally binding agreement that parents must respect. Violating a parenting agreement may have consequences, so it is important to create your own carefully. With some time and attention, you can create a strong parenting agreement that relieves tensions between divorced parents and clarifies the behavior expected from parents.

How to make your child feel at home after divorce

Your child is an important part of your life, so you want to maximize the time you get with them after the divorce. Even if you and your estranged spouse have reached a custody agreement that works for everyone, there still may be additional hurdles to jump.

How do you make your child feel at home in two different places? You and your spouse have to decide how to divide your child's furniture, clothing and other items. Will one parent take it all while the other buys all new items? Will you ask your child to decide which items go to each home? This can lead to a complicated situation, but it's critical that the division of your child's property is done in their best interests. You want them to feel welcome both at your place and at your spouse's.

Special custody considerations for a child with special needs

When you argue for custody in front of the Texas family courts, the judge will always want to make a decision that is in the best interests of the children. For the average family, those best interests usually include getting to spend significant amounts of time with both parents.

Nearly equal custody splits are increasingly common, but they may not be the right solution for every family. If your family includes a child with special needs, you will need to carefully consider what will be best for your child as you proceed with divorce.

Can split custody help me care for my kids?

Parents want what's best for their kids. And while giving them that can be hard after divorce, it's not impossible.

If parents have more than one child, this can pose challenges. Some parents may think it's better to keep siblings together. However, others may find it beneficial to keep them separate so that parents can focus solely on each child's needs. If that's the case, split custody could be a suitable option.

Get the right assets to care for your child after divorce

Divorcing with children makes any divorce more complex. Making sure your children have all they need at both parents' new homes is something both parents should take responsibility to ensure is in place.

For parents who are on the same page with their custody schedules, the most important thing to do is make sure their children have what they need at both homes. This may mean that for some items that are not feasible to travel back and forth, duplicates will be needed.

Divorce considerations for parents whose child has special needs

Getting divorced when you have children is never easy, but the experience can be increasingly difficult when your son or daughter has special needs. A child with special needs may have higher care requirements than other children in the same age group. He or she may also struggle more with your divorce.

Paying attention to your child's needs and processing capabilities as you begin your divorce can guide the way you handle ending your marriage. In the end, these considerations may smoothen the process for your entire family.

Tips for dealing with an ex who doesn't want a divorce

Determining that a marriage isn't worth saving usually happens over time. Once you come to the final decision, you have to tell your ex. But, they might not be willing to accept the fact that the marriage is over. This can make a challenging situation even more difficult.

At first, you may think that you can go through the divorce process with your ex in an amicable manner. Many people can make this happen by remaining focused on the issues at hand and remembering the ultimate goal. When your ex is making things more stressful, you might have to alter your plans for the divorce.

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