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Few family law topics are as heated as custody

It is quite common for struggling spouses to stay in a bad marriage for their children. While this decision it may not be for the best, it does highlight just how important our children are to us. For those couples that do proceed to divorce, the fear of damage to their children can make the issue of child custody an intensely heated one. Every divorcing parent has unique reasons for requesting a certain custody arrangement. However, it is important for these parents to understand that their greatest weapon during these battles may not be their reasons, but an attorney there to support them.

Unfortunately, what many divorcing parents do not understand is that what is in the best interest of their child may have very little to do with how they feel. A family court will consider many different aspects when determining child custody, but none of them leave have anything to do with the opinion of an arguing parent.

It is the family court's mission to keep a child's lifestyle after divorce as similar as possible to what it was prior. Maximizing time spent with both parents and maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends is crucial. If there is a substantial enough reason to argue against any one of these considerations, a parent's best defense may be a family law attorney that can provide the family court with evidence to support their case.

Family law attorneys know what will be considered by the family court. They also know what information is pertinent to an argument for custody. Child custody is a sensitive topic and should be approached with careful consideration and sound logic. Divorcing parents that wish to support their case for a change in custody may benefit most by working with their attorney to identify these important elements and bring them to the family court's attention.

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