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Putting children first when developing a child custody plan

It is often inevitable. When couple sin Florida and elsewhere decide to get a divorce, disputes likely ensue. While some of these might be simple or pointless, fueled by the emotions of the process, others can be very serious and drawn out. For divorcing parents, this often means asserting their point of view so a beneficial child custody arrangement can result. But whom should a custody arrangement benefit?

It can be difficult to put aside your needs and desires, especially when it comes to the divorce process. Dissolution tends to turn our lives upside down, causing a post-divorce life to look nothing like it did during marriage. Because of that, parents tend to focus on their needs when they assert the child custody plan they want. However, when it comes to custody or any divorce decision that impacts a child, it is important to put them first.

Since the court uses the best interests standard, it is imperative that parents follow suit when negotiating and working towards an agreement. If the parents are not questioning the safety and stability of a child, then it is likely that a joint custody arrangement would be most suitable. However, if you are seeking a different arrangement, a parent must be prepared to show evidence that supports their stance. This means proving that it does meet the best interests standard and does provide the best outcome for the child.

But much like other agreements in the divorce process, child custody is not ironclad. This means that following divorce, parents are able to return to court in order to argue changes to the current custody plan. While this is not an easy process, it can be necessary.

No matter your child custody situation or concern, it is important to be well informed. This means taking the time to understand your rights and how best to move forward. This will help ensure that the best interests of the child are also met throughout the process.

Source: Thedailymind.com, "The Children Come First: How To Deal With A Child Custody Battle," Sept. 25, 2017

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