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Creating consistency for children after divorce

40580363_S.jpgWhen parents get divorced, their children may be faced with the prospect of living in two different households. This may mean that they live under two sets of rules. However, Missouri parents should realize that a child tends to do better when a consistent set of rules is enforced. Regardless of how parents feel about each other, they should overlook their differences and focus on the best interests of the child.

This may mean getting together to determine a unified set of house rules for a child to follow. In some cases, the child may be allowed to have a say in what will be expected from him or her. Parents should be ready to compromise in an effort to come to an agreement that they both feel comfortable with. Those who cannot compromise with their child's other parent may wish to seek out the services of a mediator.

Parents may also wish to take classes that teach them what may happen if a child isn't subject to consistent rules in both households. A parenting class may also be a great way to learn how to compromise in an effort do what is best for the child. If all else fails, it may be necessary to ask a judge to make a decision.

Anyone involved in child custody or other disputes involving a child may wish to talk someone who may understand family law matters. An attorney may be able to help an individual craft a child custody agreement or parenting plan that the other parent may also find agreeable. Legal counsel may also be able to review any agreement reached in mediation or represent a person's interests in court if necessary.

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