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Advice for limiting stress on children during a divorce

Tennessee parents whose marriages are ending naturally feel concern for the well-being of their children, but they sometimes act in ways that threaten it. Researchers have determined that arguments and turmoil between feuding parents create negative and at times long-lasting feelings in the children. To limit this, each parent needs to commit to peaceful interactions in front of their kids.

After parents agree not to fight when children are present, each also needs to avoid criticizing the other parent where the children can hear. Text messages between the parents instead of telephone conversations could insulate each person from emotional flare ups when making plans related to court dates or custody exchanges.

During the transition phase before the divorce becomes final, parents should not involve the children in discussions about the legal details. Parents could also write temporary child custody or support agreements while waiting for final orders from the court. The temporary agreements could foster a stable atmosphere that allows parents to spend time with their children and meet financial obligations.

A family law attorney could help a client negotiate the terms of a divorce and prepare final paperwork for the court. If negotiations fail, mediation may be another way to address child custody and other applicable divorce legal issues. In this process, a neutral third party tries to assist the estranged parties to come to an accord in a relatively peaceful atmosphere. One advantage of this alternative is that it is usually less expensive than litigation. Another is that is does not expose the children to the stress and the anger that often accompanies a courtroom battle.

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