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Working together as divorcing parents is important

Going through a divorce is not easy for adults. For children, it can be quite complex as well.

However, there are ways that divorcing parents can help make the process easier for the whole family. In particular, working together through and after the process can be quite beneficial.

Recognizing parental alienation

After divorce, you may believe that the fight is over. While this may prove true in some respects, when it comes to your children, things may get worse instead of better. If your divorce was particularly emotional and filled with conflict, you may find that co-parenting in the wake of it challenging.

If your ex is angry, you may start to notice your children’s behavior change. One of the possible side effects of a rough divorce is parental alienation. Learn about this phenomenon so you can spot the signs.

3 tips for coping successfully with life after divorce

A divorce is one of the most emotional events you will ever experience. You exist day by day until the divorce is final—and after that comes the rest of your life.

Whether you feel relief that the marriage is behind you or fear as you face the unknown, here are three tips to help you begin the new chapter in your life.

Key facts about pension division in divorce

Going through the divorce process can be strenuous and confusing. One of the most stressful aspects can be asset division.

If you or your ex-spouse has a pension plan in place, it is important to understand how the court views it in the divorce process. Here are a few key facts you should know.

How parental substance abuse affects children

When a parent has a problem with drugs or alcohol, it can impact the entire family. In many cases, when one party within a marriage struggles with abusing substances, it can ultimately lead to divorce. If you are among those who have recently split from a substance-abusing spouse, you may have valid concerns about your former partner’s ability to parent your shared child when you are not around.

While, in some cases, substance-abusing parents can make a clean break from their addictions and go on to be great parents. In other instances, it is the children of addicts who wind up struggling the most. Just how can parental drug addiction impact children?

3 myths about child custody in Texas

If you are getting ready for a divorce, you may look for all the advice you can get about child custody. This may involve asking friends questions or searching topics online. But this may end up in you receiving a lot of misinformation, no matter how well-meaning the source is. 

Child custody can be one of the most confusing aspects of divorce, even if you have accurate information about the subject. Myths and misconceptions can lead you down the wrong path and hurt your chances of getting the custody order you want. Here are some common misunderstandings about custody and visitation in Texas.

Ready to sign your divorce papers?

The process of going through a divorce is one which no couple anticipates facing. It can drain even the most rational people as squabbles tend to peak over what many believe are trivial matters.

As time goes by, however, rational thought may return. If you believe the issues have resolved and even the tensest of times has passed, you may want to go ahead and sign the divorce papers making the split final. However, you may want to take some time to review the issues one last time to ensure you have not missed something critical.

Why you should not take friends' advice during a divorce

Divorce is still a prevalent aspect in society, so chances are good you have some friends you have gone through it. This is most likely the case in cities like Alpine, Rusk and Rockdale, which have the highest divorce rates in the state of Texas. 

When you tell your loved ones you have filed for divorce, you will likely get a lot of sympathy from friends and family members. Over time, these people may give you advice. You may initially assume you should take it because they have experience in this area. Although these people have good intentions, you should only ever follow the advice of your attorney, or else you could end up making a disastrous mistake. 

What to do if your spouse serves you with divorce papers

Marrying the love of your life is not necessarily a recipe for lifelong happiness. While some couples remain married forever, as many as 50% of all marriages end in divorce. How you react to the dissolution of your marriage, though, makes a difference. 

If you do not have a great relationship with your spouse, you may both be thinking about a potential divorce. Still, when one partner serves the other with divorce papers, shock, sadness and anxiety are often common emotions. You do not have to panic, though. If your spouse serves you with divorce papers, you must have a plan for dealing with your situation. 

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