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Collaborative law helps divorcing spouses put children first

When couples are going through or even just considering a divorce, one of the first concerns springing to parents' minds is how their children are going to fare. With divorce a common element in many modern families, some children of divorced or separated parents adapt quickly to their new situations. However, other children may have a tougher time. Parents should seek to make their split as smooth as possible.

In Texas, one of the primary avenues for a non-contentious divorce is collaborative law. While separate attorneys still represent each spouse in this innovative legal approach, all parties work together to craft a mutually beneficial solution. Sometimes collaborative law can help couples avoid court altogether.

Due to its reasonable stance on issues such as parenting arrangements and other child-related issues in divorce, collaborative law can prove to be more family-friendly than its adversarial counterpart.

According to child development experts, the components of a divorce can bring stress to younger members of the family. Whether it's moving to a different area or meeting their parents' new boyfriends or girlfriends, the events involved in a family unit's restructuring can impact everyone.

Communication between family members is key throughout this period, the experts say. Children should be allowed and even encouraged to express their own feelings on the subject. However, parents should also make it clear that the adults also have feelings, which their kids may be too young to fully understand.

Effective communication is the foundation of collaborative law, whereby attorneys, and sometimes financial and mental health professionals, come together with their clients to discuss matters in a calm yet formal manner.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, "Helping children cope with divorce," Sara Rivero-Conil, June 6, 2012

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