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Divorce is a stressful time for adults, but it also heavily affects children in Texas and around the United States. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are planning on going through the divorce process, it is important to consider how the divorce will affect your children.

According to Kids’ Health, one of the best things you can do for your child is to encourage routine. Try to keep disruption to a minimum where living situations and school attendance are concerned. Try to ensure that both parents are equally involved with your child’s life, provided that abuse is not present. Keeping consistency goes a long way toward making your children feel secure through what can potentially be a fraught process.

Second, make sure that you keep any heated arguments or negative opinions about your soon-to-be ex-spouse away from your child. Remember that no matter how toxic the relationship between you and your ex-spouse has become, that person is still one of your child’s parents. Speak about your ex-spouse with respect in front of your children, and keep any negativity away from them.

Depending on the age of your child, it is important to keep their schedules and needs in mind. While joint custody and time-sharing is often seen as the most optimal situation for divorced parents with kids, kids may be resistant to this if it interferes with their school or social schedules.

How your child responds to divorce is very dependent upon their age and personality. The most important thing is to remain level-headed throughout the process, and keep the best interests of your children front and center.