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Importance of consistent rules between parents' homes

Pennsylvanians who are getting divorced should focus on helping their children to deal with the situation in healthy manners. As children are very dependent on structure, it is important for parents to try to determine in advance what rules they will have in each of their homes for the children.

If parents are able to establish similar rules in both of their homes for their kids, the children may feel more secure. Parents may want to make consistent rules in both homes for such things as bedtimes, video game use, and homework. If one parent feels adamant about a specific rule that the other parent does not want, the parent who feels strongly about the importance of the rule might give in on another rule in exchange.

Children need consistency and structure in order to feel more secure. If they see that their parents are united in their parenting responsibilities, the children may be able to adjust to their parents' divorce more easily. Parents may try to work out agreements in mediation that address all of the different types of rules that they might want to put into place for their kids.

Child custody matters should be focused on what is in the best interests of the child. When parents set aside their differences and focus on their child's well-being, they may be likelier to negotiate agreements that will be workable for everyone who is involved. A divorcing parent may benefit by seeking the guidance of an experienced family law attorney. The attorney may work to negotiate a full agreement as an alternative to litigation.

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