Divorce can be very difficult for children in Texas and throughout the country. Because children are naturally inclined to be loyal to both of their parents, conflicts between parents can cause them to feel anxious. If a divorcing parent tries to get their child to side against the other parent, this behavior can cause even more problems for the child.
Children of divorcing parents may go through many difficult changes like living in two separate homes, seeing one parent less often and experiencing financial instability. When parents fight in front of their children during a divorce, this can make the transition even harder. A parent who wants to help their child through a divorce can work on resolving conflicts with their ex-spouse so that they can focus on the needs of their children.
About 25 percent of children in the U.S. live in single-parent households. Though divorce can be stressful, children are emotionally resilient, and they can learn to cope with new living situations. A child may be more likely to get through a divorce without anxiety and parental estrangement issues if their parents learn to communicate with each other. Parents can also help their children by remembering not to ask them to take sides.
A divorce could be harder on a child if it involves a long custody dispute between the parents. An attorney may be able to help a parent reach an agreement in a child custody dispute by representing the parent in negotiations. If the dispute goes before a judge, an attorney may help the parent argue for a child custody arrangement that is in the child's best interest.