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On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law, posted in child custody on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

During a divorce, it is normal for Kentucky parents to feel overwhelmed by the frustration, grief and anger that can accompany this difficult legal process. This often leads to emotional responses to complex and important issues that must be resolved, including child custody. Parents are sometimes inclined to fight for what they want, not what is actually in the best interests of the children involved.

Emotional decision making can undermine the sustainability of a child custody agreement, leading to an order that is not practical or one that may be stressful to the children. Even after the divorce is final, a poor custody order can lead to continued problems between parents and instability for the kids. It is important to keep a clear view of the future and the kids’ needs, even when working through difficult issues or navigating disputes.

One of the main reasons that parents become embroiled in child custody disputes is the fact that many have concerns about their rights. It is essential to protect parental rights, and Kentucky fathers may be particularly concerned about this issue. For some families, joint custody or shared custody is a practical way to both protect parental rights while still allowing the children to have a strong relationship with both parents.

No two families or divorces are alike, and it is important to have a child custody order that suits the needs of the individual family. By working with an experienced family law attorney, a parent can work toward a positive outcome to child custody disputes. If a person has concerns about parental rights or other divorce-related issues, it is beneficial to seek a case evaluation as soon as possible.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Understanding Child Custody Disputes With Help From National Family Solutions“, Mike Wood, Oct. 6, 2016

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