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Child custody and parenting plans do affect children

Going through a divorce that involves children is rarely, if ever, an easy thing to do. It can be hard for some parents, whether they reside in Missouri or elsewhere, to keep the best interests of their children in mind when dealing with the amount of stress that the dissolution of marriage process brings. It is believed that child custody and parenting plans really do affect the overall health and well-being of the affected children, though, so taking time on this area is so important.

The simple truth is, divorce can be traumatic for children. Their living arrangements may change, they may have to change schools, they may lose friends, basically everything they know may be challenged in some way. How can parents help the situation?

At the end of the day it is all about focus -- focus on making an already difficult situation easier for the children. This involves creating a custody plan that truly serves their needs. What that is will be different for every family. Then focus on putting the plan in action in a kind, thoughtful, drama-free way.

All of this is easy to say and sometimes harder to do. However, with work, dedication and some legal assistance it is possible for divorcing parents in Missouri to create custom child custody arrangements and parenting plans that will help their children adjust more easily to their new family life. Each parent can turn to his or her own family law attorney in order to seek help in negotiating the best plan for one's specific needs.

Source:, "D-I-V-O-R-C-E: It can do a number on kids if not handled right", Bonnie J. Toomey, Accessed on Aug. 28, 2017

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