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Parent-teen communication important after child custody battle

Getting a divorce is not an easy process for the two spouses involved, but it can also be hard on any minor children they have. In fact, a child custody battle can be particularly hard on teenage children in California. Research, however, shows that divorced parents can keep positively communicating with their teens by taking advantage of modern communication tools, like FaceTime.

Researchers recently took a look at data associated with 400 divorced parents who had teen children. They identified co-parenting relationships that were conflictual, moderately engaged or cooperative. Next, they explored whether there was a connection between a certain type of co-parenting relationship and the relationship between the parent and teen.

The research revealed that, in all of the kinds of co-parenting relationships identified, parents and teens were similar when it came to how close the parents and teens were as well as how well the parents understood the teens. However, one thing did make a major difference: the level of parent-teen contact made. Specifically, the study indicated that increased contact between a parent and teen led to a better parent-teen relationship, even if the parents' co-parenting relationship was not all that great.

When a divorce proceeding involves child custody, the divorcing parties may naturally struggle to find common ground in this area. However, if they can work out their differences at the negotiation table or during mediation sessions, they can avoid going to trial. This can lead to a less acrimonious divorce process for the parents and thus lower stress levels for the children. Of course, sometimes, resolving child custody on one's own is not possible, in which case a judge must make the final decisions regarding these issues. Either way, an attorney in California can help a divorcing individual to pursue a personally favorable outcome that most importantly takes into consideration the children's best interests.

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