Untangling a child custody battle

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The divorce paperwork is well under way, the search for a new living space has begun and family and friends have reached out in support. What could be next? For Missouri parents going through divorce, children can become the most crucial focus. Even when both parents have been on good terms throughout the divorce, situations involving children can quickly escalate. The following information delves into the basics of child custody disputes.

Verywell Family appears to understand all too well how easily a child custody dispute can erupt. Some parents mistakenly assume that judges will sympathize with their points of view; however, Verywell reminds its audience that courts generally prioritize the best interests of the child. And while avoiding a child custody battle is always the first choice, sometimes parents cannot reach an agreement. In these cases, it is important to prepare for a child custody hearing. Courts consider many factors during this process, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • The better parent standard
  • Proper court etiquette
  • Communication between the parents

Verywell explains that, although a parent might assume he or she is the “better” parent, courts can disagree. Another key factor courts consider involves appearance — a parent’s choice of clothing, attitude and overall demeanor can play a role in the outcome. Communication is also key, as courts will observe the ways parents interact with one another.

As tempting as it might be to portray an ex-spouse negatively in order to win a case, Psychology Today insists that readers resist the urge during child custody battles. Why? As aforementioned, framing another parent in a poor light can ultimately come back full circle; it is important to cooperate with the other parent involved. Part of this step includes making a straightforward plan for the child. For example, Psychology Today notes that liberal parents often find conflict with a conservative ex-spouse’s parenting style, but that it is vital to make plans that always encourage open communication. While navigating a child custody battle is no easy responsibility, communication can be the start of a solution.

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