Child Custody Battles
You and your spouse are divorcing; however, you both feel that the separation is "amicable". Therefore, you don't worry about child custody issues; after all, neither of you would keep your offspring from the other, right?
It's the sad truth, but child custody issues can crop up even when the separating parents are completely comfortable with the child custody decisions they agree upon. Even those who have vowed to remain "friends" can sometimes find themselves acting more like enemies as time progresses.
Why is child custody such an unpredictable arena? Usually, it's because somewhere down the line, the separated couple suddenly faces life changes that bring up child custody topics they never anticipated. For instance, let's look at the separation and resulting child custody concerns of a fictitious couple we'll call "Amy" and "Brian":
Amy and Brian's Story
After five years of marriage, Amy and Brian were divorced. Their toddler, they decided, would live with Amy half of the time and with Brian the other half to be "fair". They didn't feel the necessity to arrange the child custody through an attorney, because they were still on friendly terms with one another.
One year later, their situation had changed dramatically. Amy now had a fiancé and Brian wanted to take a job that was two hours away. Suddenly, child custody concerns were raised. What would happen when Amy remarried? After all, her new husband had become greatly attached to the child and wanted to spend time with him. And with Brian moving away, their "half time" child custody arrangement seemed inappropriate. Fighting was inevitable.
Amy and Brian's story is not unique. Every day, child custody battles rage, even among persons who want to get a divorce. Therefore, we encourage you and your spouse or significant other to speak with one of our attorneys before becoming entangled in a child custody war.
Our team of child custody lawyers have years of experience helping people just like you determine what the best child custody arrangements will be for the changing needs of your family dynamics. We'll also be able to give you specific child custody law information depending on where you live, as child custody statutes differ in each state.
Don't become an "Amy and Brian" story. Child custody issues are tough, but with help from a knowledgeable, caring lawyer, they needn't take you by surprise months or years down the road. Call us today.