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Drafting parenting plans during a divorce

Going through a divorce with children can be a difficult process for many Texas parents. A divorce or even a separation could mean that parents will no longer get to see their children every day or as normal. In many cases, parents may also have to do additional driving if they share custody, which can be tiring and time-consuming.

However, creating a parenting schedule for the children can help keep their home life stable. For many kids, the prospect of divorce may make them anxious for the future, especially if they do not know what to expect. Parents should put themselves in their kids' shoes when making decisions. If the children are older, parents may even consider involving them when it comes to making decisions about their parenting schedule. This allows them to be heard and helps to understand that their parents are taking their needs and wants into account. Parents of children who have special needs may need to take those particular needs into consideration.

Ultimately, parents need to keep their children as the focus when creating a parenting schedule. The parenting plan should not be used as a way to get back at a former spouse nor should it be used to "win" over former spouse.

Whether a parent is seeking primary custody or joint custody, going through a custody dispute can be difficult as legal decisions must be made regarding the children. Because courts generally try to make decisions based on what is thought to be in the best interests of the children, any child custody agreement should benefit the children. If the other parent is not able to provide care for the children, a family law attorney might provide strong arguments for the court as to why the parent he or she is representing should have primary custody.

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