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Divorce and Child Custody


									Divorce and Child Custody
Divorce gets uglier if there are money issues and child custody involved.
The issue of custody can add to the children's already burdensome
emotional load. But there are times that custody has to be discussed in
order to complete the divorce process. Since custody is a major factor in
a lot of divorce cases, it is important to educate yourself on how
decisions are made when it comes to child custody.
Generally, the terms of child custody will be decided by the couples
themselves, with the help of their lawyers. If they can't reach an
agreement, the court can do the deciding for them. Decisions in custody
and visitation are usually resolved by the following:

Agreement between parents - This can be achieved by having informal
negotiations between the parents, usually with the guidance of their
lawyers, or out-of-court settlements that involve mediation or
collaborative law.
Decision made by the court - Bitter divorces often end up with dispute on
child custody and visitation rights, and in these cases, a court needs to
step in and do the deciding for them.
Usually, the mother is awarded sole custody when the child is young or a
minor, or when the couple is unmarried. The father can take legal action
to gain custody of the child, but chances are slim that he will win if
this is the case, especially if the mother is a good parent.
There are times that other parties aside from the parents will want to
gain custody of the child. It can be a relative or a close family friend.
This will involve strict guidelines when considered. In cases where the
mother and the father have been bad parents, the court may award custody
to another party.
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