Contrary to common belief, money is not the root of all contention in some San Antonio divorce cases. Child custody, visitation and support are major sources of conflict that can make the proceedings challenging to navigate if one or both parents are not entirely vested in their children’s best interests.
To prevent the children from becoming leverage and suffering from the negative impact of divorce, both parents should work to put aside their differences and strive to be the best parents they can be. Though their marriage is over, co-parenting is an ongoing undertaking that requires a great deal of communication and collaboration. Here are things parents can do to ease the transition of divorce while keeping things amicable.
1. Do not ignore children’s feelings and concerns
Separation involves many emotions that can make it difficult for spouses to see past themselves. Even when the children are not at the forefront of the situation, parents should remember that they are still involved and are vulnerable. Their worries and concerns are not always obvious and may surface long after the ink is dry on the decree.
Children need constant reassurance and support throughout and beyond the divorce. Parents should commit to spending more time with and talking to their kids. Addressing their feelings and soothing their worries can prevent misunderstandings and reassure children of parents’ love and commitment to them and the family.
2. Learn to respect the other parent
The end of a marriage when there are children does not mean the end of the parental relationship. It is more important than ever for both parents to treat each other respectfully to keep from sending the wrong messages to their children. Parents should establish positive ways to resolve issues that may otherwise incite negative feelings and responses. Positive and frequent communication and flexibility can help foster understanding and enable ex-spouses to improve their relationship with each other and their kids.