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How to parent after a divorce

Texas couples who are ending their marriages can't necessarily sever their relationship completely if they had kids together. Ideally, parents would be able to put their feelings aside and focus on raising their children the best that they can. In many cases, children fare better when they have quality relationships with both of their parents. In the event that parents are unable to communicate with each other, they can engage in what is often called parallel parenting.

This means that they have relationships with their children without having relationships with each other. Each parent is allowed to spend time with the child without input or meddling from the other. This helps the child because he or she won't be exposed to drama or fighting between the parents. While co-parenting is a noble goal to strive for, it is more important for the child to have a healthy relationship with both parents.

To be a successful parent after a divorce, it is important for an individual to relinquish some level of control. Ideally, input from the other parent is only solicited when it comes to major issues relating to the child. Otherwise, each person is allowed to raise the child as he or she sees fit. For some, giving up control can be just as freeing as it is limiting.

In a divorce, parents may share custody of their children. If custody is not awarded to both parents, the noncustodial mother or father will generally obtain visitation rights. This is done to ensure that the best interests of the child are being preserved. Parents who are seeking custody or other rights may benefit from having the assistance of an attorney throughout the process.

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