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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: Texas Divorces: Reducing the Stress on the Children

Monday, February 4, 2013

Texas Divorces: Reducing the Stress on the Children

It's never an easy decision to come to when a couple decides to opt for a divorce, though there are many conceivable situations where it would be the only solution that would bring peace into a disturbed home. But in many cases of divorce, it's not merely an issue of dividing up assets and picking up the pieces for husbands and wives. There are often children involved, and in these cases, it's important to be extremely gentle-handed. 

Children of a divorce are affected negatively in many ways. Studies have shown that they will be more likely to exhibit antisocial behavior such as aggression toward their peers, acting out toward one or both parents, or an inability to grasp standard tasks, such as potty training. Into adolescence, children of divorce are more likely to partake in rebellious behavior, such as substance abuse. 

In the United States, statistics show that 43.7% of custodial mothers and 56.2% of custodial fathers are either separated or divorce. The state of Texas is the second highest in the country for number of divorces, averaging about 77,000 on a yearly basis.

It's for that reason that if you're considering getting a divorce in the Lone Star State, you have a lawyer who is both well-versed in family law, but also has the right amount of sensitivity toward the subject. There are plenty of family lawyers in Texas, but only some in the state, like Marshall Davis Brown and his firm, gear parts of their practices toward the comfort of the children. They take note of the parent/child relationships, the mental conditions of the family members, work schedules and living arrangements, et cetera to ensure that the right amount of custody is given to each parent. However, they also will have the resources to direct the family toward counseling to ensure that the child is comfortable with the changes.

It's understandable why one would want to get a divorce case over with rapidly, but it's important to find a layer who will take your family's needs into consideration before beginning the process. A case of divorce can be extremely stressful on children, and minding their needs throughout the entirety of the process should be a priority for both the parents and the lawyer.


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