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Child’s Best Interest and Custody

First, you might not even realize that you are already considering your child’s best interest.  How is that?  Well, you may feel that divorce is scary.  And you might also realize that divorce’s affect on your child might be even scarier.  So, most parents who consider divorce automatically consider their child’s best interest and custody.   They just don’t realize it.   There are many questions to ask?  Initially, how will parents living in two households affect the child?  Second, will my child experience harmful affects growing up with divorced parents?

children playing In fact, almost everything that you do before, during and after a divorce affects the child’s best interests.  Experts report that children do best when parents can learn to peacefully co-parent.  Questions such as where the parties will live after the divorce, how work schedules affect time with the children, what schools the children will attend and who will provide child care affect the child’s best interest.   All these questions reflect a parent’s concern regarding the child’s best interest and custody

The amount of time each parent spends with the child is called a “possession order”.  No – your children are not a “possession”, but when they are physically with you, they are in your possession.  Many families decide that the children should be with each parent for the maximum amount of time possible.  They chose equal “possession” time.   How an equal time affects the child must also be considered.  If your child is young, perhaps, continuous trading of the child may be less than ideal.   Carefully looking at your child’s sensitivities and needs means you are putting your child’s best interests first.    Contact us today for a free consultation – (281) 550-6650

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