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Clear presentation for child custody preferences may be useful

As parents, many New York residents have serious concerns when it comes to how divorce will affect their kids. Additionally, parents may also have apprehensions about how child custody outcomes will impact their ability to see their children. Though many custody agreements are satisfactory for all parties involved, individuals may still wish to prepare ahead of time to work toward the terms they desire.

During this preparation, parties may want to determine what type of custody arrangement they hope to gain. A variety of options exist, including joint, shared and sole custody. If a parent has a particular preference, he or she will need to have valid reasons for this preference and be ready to present those reasons to the court if necessary. Having a clear reason could allow individuals to argue their sides more meaningfully.

Additionally, parties may want to make sure that the terms they desire work in the best interests of their children and are feasible for the situation. If a parent wants outrageous terms for no particular reason, it is unlikely that the court will approve the proposal. Therefore, parents may want to ensure that they understand their options and determine which agreement plans may work best for their particular circumstances.

Though many parents may fear that divorce will negatively impact their relationships with their children, that does not necessarily have to be the outcome. By finding the right child custody arrangements for specific situations, individuals may be better able to ensure that their children's needs are being met while also preserving their parental bonds. New York residents who wish to better understand their custody options may wish to discuss their specific cases with knowledgeable attorneys.

Source: goodmenproject.com, "You're Divorcing Your Wife, Not Your Kids: Tips for Child Custody, Visitation and Co-Parenting", Audrey Silcox, Oct. 29, 2017

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