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Your options when it comes to custody arrangements

When you and your spouse or partner are splitting up, and you have a child, probably one of your primary concerns is what will happen to your children and the relationship you cherish with them. Whether your children are babies, tweens or teenagers, their lives are a major focal part of your life, and the idea of missing out on any milestone is heartbreaking.

What parental factors affect child custody?

During a divorce, the family court often considers the child's best interest when determining child custody. While the best interest model is the most commonly used method to determine child custody, it only accounts for half of the equation. In addition to the best interest of a child, the family court considers parental factors as well. Staying informed of what parental factors can affect child custody may help divorcing parents better prepare themselves for a family court's questions and considerations.

Becoming a part-time parent is difficult

We parent our children the best way we see fit. In times of divorce, parents can find it incredibly difficult to make the change from full-time, to part-time parent. This family law issue can be emotionally charged and create an incredible amount of stress, anxiety and frustration for parents. Many parents that face these changes want to know how they can support their case for primary physical custody. Fortunately, this can be done by working with an experienced family law attorney.

What are the various types of child custody?

When facing divorce, there are several issues that are complex and confusing. Child custody is one of them. Understanding the different types of child custody can help divorcing parents identify important aspects of their situation that require attention and may be able to help them better convey their requests to the family court.

Children take on stress too during divorce

It is a common belief among parents that when we are overworked, tired or simply unhappy in our lives; our children can sense it. In fact, our children's happiness is a great gauge of our own happiness. During times of emotional upheaval, such as in divorce, it isn't only our world that is flipped upside down, but our children's world as well. It is important for divorcing parents to get the support they need through the divorce process so their stress, frustration and sadness does not pour over onto their children.

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.

What are steps unmarried fathers can take to gain custody?

Every father should have parental rights regardless of relationship status. Although many unmarried fathers may feel that seeking visitation or custody is impossible, the family court still believes that involvement of both parents is usually in a child's best interests.

Can race become an arguing point for custody?

It is not at all uncommon for divorced parents to argue over their ex-spouse's lifestyle and decisions. Many times, even after months of amicable, collaborative decision-making divorced parents may find new reasons to argue for a change in custody. Although the family court typically takes the best interest of the child into account first and foremost when determining custody, there are certain arguments a parent may make to the court that has little to do with their child's best interest and more to do with their own.

How to survive the holidays after divorce

The holidays are particularly difficult for divorced families and parents that share custody. For some families the period stretching over Christmas through New Year's and during their child's entire Christmas break is usually filled with friends, family and fun. However, for mixed families this time may need to be split up between parents making the time without children difficult for some. A recent article published suggests some simple but effective methods to making it through the holidays for parents that must share custody of their children.

If I move out can I still get custody?

Chances are if you are worried about custody and thinking about moving out; the marriage is not going so well. And although it is pretty typical for one parent to leave the marital home during a divorce, it might not be such a good idea. If the home situation is hostile, you may think that separating from it is in the best interest of you and your children's mental and emotional well-being. However, leaving the home prior to divorce may come back to hurt you when it's time to discuss custody.

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