When parents divorce in Texas, it is not uncommon for their emotions to take control and compromise their ability to make rational decisions. This is particularly concerning when it comes time to determine a child custody arrangement.
Children with parents who disagree on every aspect of co-parenting may begin to feel like a burden. However, parents who put their children first and set differences aside can continue to provide stability and reassurance for their children despite a divorce.
Children need consistency
Most people thrive when they have an idea of what to expect. Children especially need consistency to feel safe. According to Psychology Today, during divorce children may experience increased emotional distress. This is often in part because life as they knew it no longer exists. They may feel confused as they try to figure out their new schedule. They may have concerns about who will care for them and stress about switching between households.
Parents can prevent ongoing emotional distress when they work together to preserve consistency for their children. Parents can achieve consistency through effective communication and exhibiting patience, flexibility and respect for one another’s parenting roles.
Courts prioritize “best interest”
Honoring the best interests of children is not just a parent goal. According to Texas.gov, when the courts determine a child custody arrangement, the best interests of children take precedence over any other aspect.
Courts will assess factors such as each parent’s ability to provide a safe and stable home for their children. Courts also look at the ages and maturity of children and the logistical requirements to preserve as much of their former routine as possible. Maintaining as much normalcy as possible can help children through the transition of their parents’ separation and protect them from severe emotional distress.