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4 Things You Should Know About Child Custody When Going Through A Divorce

by Marie Caldwell

Going through a divorce? If so, then things can quickly become more complicated when shared children are involved. Often times, these types of scenarios end up in a custody dispute, where the mother and father cannot agree on a custody arrangement and therefore need the courts to intervene. If you think this situation may apply to your divorce, then there are a few things you should know about child custody.

1. Primary Custody Isn't Just For Moms

For starters, it's no longer safe to assume that primary custody will automatically be awarded to the mother of the children in a divorce. While this may have been a more common practice in the past, it is becoming increasingly common for fathers to be awarded primary custody. Therefore, fathers who want primary or even sole custody of their children should not be discouraged or make assumptions here.

2. Prepare for an In-Home Evaluation

Often times, when the courts need to get involved to determine the outcome of a custody dispute, it will be necessary for them to schedule in-home evaluations for both parties seeking custody. These evaluations are designed to help the courts decide what type of arrangement will be in the best interests of the child(ren), so mothers and fathers should be prepared for at least one of these home visits.

3. Consider Mediation to Reach an Agreement

For those who are hesitant to get the courts heavily involved, another option to consider is that of meeting with a mediator, who may be able to help a divorcing couple reach a custody agreement without the court's intervention. This can be a great way to avoid some of the hassles of a court custody decision, such as home visits and multiple court hearings.

4. A Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Last but not least, if you're going through a divorce and have even the slightest inkling that a custody dispute could be coming your way, it is always going to be in your best interest to seek representation and guidance from an experienced divorce lawyer. He or she will be able to assist you through the complex legal process and work with your best interests in mind.

Going through a child custody dispute can make a divorce even more complicated and stressful, but by keeping yourself aware and informed, you can ultimately have the best chances of achieving a custody outcome that is favorable to you. To learn more, contact a law firm like Franklin & Rapp.