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Child Custody Attorney, It’s All About the Child’s Best Interest

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

child_custody_attorneyGetting a divorce is probably one of the most stressful experiences a family can endure, especially when their children are young.  While couples may have differences about the division of assets and the amount of spousal support to be paid, child custody is an extremely sensitive issue and should be handled in the most collaborative way possible.  Does this mean you won’t need to work with an attorney or enter a courtroom to work out the details?  Probably not; but there are still many ways to reach an agreement that will honor your joint commitment to be good parents.

Colorado child custody judges are only given one test to apply when deciding on a custody issue:  What is in the best interest of the child?  Your attorney is well aware of this and will only speak to the issues surrounding your child’s well-being, not your personal interests in winning a custody battle. Of course, not every child custody case is simple.  Some parents may attempt to prove the other parent is unfit in order to gain full custody.  Others may plan to move the children far away from their familiar surroundings, and far away from the other parent.  The judge will always look out for how the divorce impacts the interests of the child when making a decision on custody arrangements, and parents should enter the courtroom with the same goal in mind.

In many cases, divorcing parents are advised to use a mediator to help them agree on child custody issues.  Mediation allows families to customize a solution that works for them without entering into a bitter custody battle.  A mediator still uses the same basic assumptions about what is in the best interest of the children and they know which legal solutions will work best, but they encourage a more collaborative dialogue between the parents.  The results of mediation are usually more acceptable to the parents because they are involved in the negotiation.  Parenting plans that are collaborative tend to be more effective over time.

If you and your spouse need to work out the details of a post-divorce parenting plan, start out by consulting with a child custody attorney.  He or she will advise you on the best way to move forward; whether it is mediation or a formal custody hearing.  No matter which option you choose, your attorney will develop a winning strategy.

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MPatMarrisonFor over a quarter century, we have helped people during what is often the darkest time in their lives. Divorce is not easy even under the best of circumstances. For most people, family is central. Having something go wrong in the family can have a ripple effect that extends beyond the home and into other areas.

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