A divorce can bring about a plethora of emotions, such as anger, anxiety, worry and hate. These emotions can at times cloud a person’s decision-making when facing issues such as child custody. When children are involved in a divorce, the divorce proceedings seem to be that much more unpleasant. Both parents want to continue to be the parent to their child, and this is put at risk when a court has to decide whom the child will reside with at the end of the divorce proceedings, when all of the decisions are made. Child custody issues are difficult issues for the courts to resolve.
If the parties to the divorce can behave relatively civil with one another, then the child custody disputes may not be disputes at all, and the couple may be able to be resolve the issue rather amicably. This, however, is not the case in many matters regarding custody. Divorcing couples who cannot agree on anything in the divorce often use the children as leverage, which puts both the children and the courts in an unfavorable situation. The hope is that the parties to the divorce are in an amicable frame of mind and can make child custody decisions that are truly in the best interest of the child.
There are several types of custody configurations that the courts can look to for guidance in custody matters. Joint legal custody, joint physical custody and sole custody are just a few of the options. No matter what the courts or the parties decide, the relationship between the child and the parents is forever changed, which is why these decisions are not made lightly. The courts take a number of factors into consideration in child custody cases, and base the decisions on the evidence presented.
Source: American News Report, “Child Custody in a Divorce: Let the Fight Begin,” Feb. 4, 2014