Divorce Child Custody

Written by Michael O'Brien
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As if it wasn't hard enough, divorce child custody issues can be the most painful part of a failed marriage. The children have gone through so much already. Now they must deal with the fact that seeing their mom or dad everyday is no longer something to take for granted.

How to Handle Divorce Child Custody Matters

The most important thing is to make the transition as easy as possible for a child. It's never fair when anger and pettiness between a couple carries over to a child's perception of their parents. Even so, it's very typical for one parent to try and sway their kids' opinions against their mother or father, or try to coerce them into choosing sides.

Sometimes, there are legitimate reasons why one parent should have primary custody of a child over another. If a parent is abusive, handicapped, financially burdened, or otherwise unfit to care for a child, then sole custody by the other parent may be necessary. But if this isn't the case, it's very important for children of a divorce to be able to stay as close to both parents as they can. This will not only make things easier for them, but also will help them develop normal psychological relationships throughout their lives.

Equal Parenting

Uncertainty about how divorce child custody matters will be settled can be very troubling. Legally, as long as other circumstances do not call into question someone's parental abilities, there's no reason why a child can't have both parents in their lives.

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