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What type of divorce is in the best interests of the child?

Divorce has changed in many ways over the years, with more and more attention being paid to divorce's effect on the entire family. When couples have children, they are bonded for the long-term even if the marriage must come to an end. As a result, many Texas families have opted for divorce mediation as a way to keep family bonds secure while redrawing the boundaries of romantic relationships.

One father from Austin, Texas has made public his determination to proceed with a different type of divorce for the sake of his children. The father, an attorney, was affected negatively by his own parents' divorce, which involved him being thrown into the conflict of the adults around him. Conflict in divorce, of course, is occasionally inevitable, but the Texas man asserts that it does not have to impact the children. There are steps parents can take, he mentions, to ease children through this major transition.

One approach to an amicable divorce is to not become overly insistent upon an exact "fifty-fifty" split of parenting time. While shared parenting is a worthy goal that often benefits children tremendously, some parents may inadvertently go too far in insisting the split be exact rather than 40/60 or 45/55, etc. This can cause unnecessary bickering over a superficial matter that masks underlying fears. Many divorcing parents, understandably, worry that the children will have a better relationship with the other parent due to unfair outcomes in a divorce. In mediation, parents are encouraged to discuss these underlying concerns openly so that each family member can be assured of a divorce's effects on others.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 2.5 million Americans got a divorce in 2012. Mediation may not be the most appropriate choice for everybody, but for many Americans, its cooperative, open approach may ultimately be in the best interests of the children and the adults.

Source: WWSB, "Preventing broken marriages from breaking children," April 2, 2014

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