Life after divorce can have its challenges. This is especially true for divorced couples that have children. In the best of cases, both parents are willing to act cooperatively in regard to matters of child custody and visitation. By acting in concert and putting the best interests of their children first, ex-spouses can make a potentially difficult situation work smoothly.
Throughout a divorce, there are many contentious issues that the couple have to work out. The division of property, alimony and child support can be heated, but often battles over child custody are the most rancorous. Both members of the splitting couple generally want what’s best for the child, but disagree vehemently about what that means. These fights over the children can lead some to act irrationally and do things they wouldn’t normally do.
It's a sad but true fact for the children caught in the middle of a marital split. Child custody issues can be some of the most contentious disputes in a divorce and children are often unfortunate witnesses of their ugliness. Generally speaking, both parents love their children and want what's in the best interest of the child, they just disagree on the definition of "best." One parent will define it as the child coming to live with them, while the other will argue just the opposite. Helping both sides come to an amicable agreement on custody and visitation rights is the work of a family law attorney.
Making the decision to divorce a spouse is one of the toughest choices life can throw at you, but the difficulties of splitting up are greatly magnified when there are children involved.