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Addressing stress due to divorce

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From serious motor vehicle collisions to health problems, there are many reasons why people experience high levels of stress. Sometimes, stress lasts for a short period of time, while others suffer from chronic stress. Many people have a hard time with anxiety when their marriage comes to an end and it is important for those struggling with divorce-related stress to handle their emotions properly and prioritize their mental health.

The way in which one responds to divorce stressors not only affects their health, but also their experiences during the divorce process and, in many instances, their future.

Managing sudden changes due to divorce

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, sudden negative changes in one's life such as a serious illness, unemployment and getting a divorce often trigger stress. Stress can impact people differently, and some are able to tolerate and process these feelings more efficiently than other people. In fact, divorce-related stress can increase the likelihood of a viral infection or some other illness and even lead to digestive problems. Anger, depression and difficulty sleeping are other hurdles that many people who are stressed out have to work through.

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If you are like many couples these days who have a pet, you think of it much like a child. When you decide to divorce, it is natural for you to want the court to consider the pet in the same way. However, the law in Texas does not allow for pet custody laws as it does for child custody laws.

According to KHOU 11, the law states that pets are property and the court should treat them as it would any other asset.

Factors in decision

Because the court must consider pets as property, that means they need to look at ownership under marital property laws. The court will consider if one of you owned the pet prior to your divorce or who purchased the pet. It may also look at who pays for the care of the pet and who offers daily care to the pet.

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As a parent navigating a divorce, you and your ex may need to devise something called a parenting plan that sets guidelines you agree to follow when it comes to raising your son or daughter. The parenting plan may be informal, or you may choose to create a formal legal document, depending on circumstances.

The exact contents of your parenting plan are going to vary based on your child’s age, how close you and your ex live to one another and so on. However, the Texas Attorney General outlines certain areas and elements most Texas parenting plans should address.

Fundamental elements of a parenting plan

Your parenting plan should address your general custody agreement, dictating who handles the child and when. It should also cover what you plan to do with regard to school vacations, holiday celebrations, birthdays and similar events and occasions.

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Stepparenting is one of the most challenging roles. While biological parents enjoy a history since their child’s birth and a bond that comes more naturally, stepparents often come into the kids’ lives when they’ve already established their relationships with their biological parents. For this reason, introducing new spouses and possible stepsiblings following a divorce can be tricky.

Blended families make up an increasing percentage of the population. Pew Research shows that 113.6 million Americans are part of a stepfamily. Each day, around 1,300 new stepfamilies form. Unfortunately, these statistics are coupled with a higher divorce rate and greater chances of unhappiness among blended families.

Balancing two different households can be tough

One of the greatest challenges in a stepfamily is blending two different households. Unless the biological parents get along amazingly well, there is very often enough inconsistency to make the task of parenting—and stepparenting—more difficult than they already are. For example, if a set of rules is enforced in one home but not in the other, the kids might have trouble grasping how to swing back and forth between the two sets of rules or expectations and have behavioral issues.

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As a grandparent, you are important to your grandchild. You can develop strong connections that last a lifetime. One way you can protect and maintain this bond is by establishing visitation privileges or custody rights under Texas law.

There are specific justifications that are necessary for seeking visitation or custody of grandchildren.

Possession and access

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