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Child Custody Issues Require a Keen Focus on Important Interests

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Parents facing child custody and co-parenting challenges should remember to remain focused on the best interests of the children.

Child custody issues can be delicate, as the end of a relationship can also be. Parents may find that to reduce tensions, and for the benefit of the children, it is better to focus on kindness and understanding when approaching issues such as co-parenting. While the couple may once have been in a loving relationship, it is not required that the end of the relationship necessarily be adversarial. Although it may be challenging, maintaining a positive relationship is in the best interests of a positive co-parenting relationship and in the best interests of the child.

The best interests of the child is the standard the family law courts apply to make child custody decisions and resolve child custody disputes. It is no secret that issues of parenting time, relocation and visitation rights can sometimes lead to difficult emotions. It may be helpful during those times to focus on the positive qualities of the co-parent and reiterate those to the child. It is important to keep in mind that what is best for the kids comes first and that the children must remain the top priority throughout the process.

Because the child's best interest is the primary focus of the courts and any co-parenting relationship, those considerations will guide any child custody determinations whether made by the court or the parents. Parents are able to resolve many child custody and other end-of-relationship considerations together but if the parents are unable to agree, the court will make any necessary determinations with the best interests of the children as the guiding objective.

Remaining focused on the relationship with the children and maintaining a positive relationship with the co-parent can be important in many ways when facing challenges associated with the end of a relationship. A trained family law attorney can help with these, and other challenges, a party may face.

Source: The Huffington Post, "9 Ways to Co-Parent Like a Grown-Up," Emma Bathie, March 28, 2014

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