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Focus may play an important role in child custody decisions

For many New York residents, the amount of conflict in their marriages is what led to their wanting divorces. Unfortunately, this conflict may come out even more during legal proceedings like those concerning child custody. Because children can be immensely affected by the outcomes of this process, parents may want to work on lowering the amount of conflict.

Often, custody proceedings can become a battle as each parent tries to gain custody of the kids. However, joint custody can typically work in the best interests of the children. The idea of sharing custody may not immediately seem appealing, but if parents shift their focus to each individual's strengths as a parent, they may be better able to feel more ready to make amicable custody arrangements.

In addition to shifting focus from the bad aspects of a parent to the good, parents may also want to change their focus from hurting the other parent to making the situation as best as possible for the kids. Though many parties may want to try to "win" their divorce cases, it may help lessen conflict to determine what could make the children seem like winners in an otherwise difficult predicament. With this mindset, parents may be able to find the best arrangements for their circumstances.

When parents have a tendency to argue, keeping emotions out of the divorce process may not be easy. However, this approach may be one that could help lessen conflict and allow individuals to remain focused on the child custody decisions and other important choices they need to make. If New York residents would like assistance in finding the best custody terms for their situations, they may wish to speak with their legal counsel.

Source: delval.edu, "Navigating Parenting in High-Conflict Divorces", Nov. 7, 2017

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