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Parents Should Work Toward Child Custody Agreements, if Possible

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Friday, October 24, 2014.

During child custody determinations, parents can sometimes spend a significant amount of time battling over what is in the best interests of the children. Different considerations and strategies may factor into a child custody dispute. Many times, determining what considerations parents can agree on is a good strategy to achieve positive outcomes that may build on one another during the process of negotiating a parenting agreement.

When parents have an acrimonious relationship, and are having difficulty agreeing on anything, they may want to consider bringing on a party that can provide a neutral evaluation as to what would be best for the children. Other qualified professionals' help, including a mediator, may be available to assist parents to reach agreements that are in the best interests of the children.

Child custody determinations can either be made by, or approved by, the court. Many parents may find it is in the family's best interest to reach agreements related to child custody, parenting time and visitation rights for themselves whenever possible. As always, child custody decisions are guided by a determination of what is in the best interests of the child. This includes time-sharing decisions, medical decisions and school decisions that parents will likely need to work out. In addition, parents should resolve how future child custody disputes or changes will be handled to minimize disruptions later on.

Child custody considerations and disputes often involve strong emotions. Parents may find themselves in a better position emotionally and financially when they pursue points of agreement, rather than disagreement, to reach child custody decisions that are in the best interests of the children and that everyone can live with.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Tools for a Successful Parenting Arrangement in Divorce," Stann Givens, Oct. 14, 2014

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