About a month ago we discussed the standard that is applied in child custody proceedings, which is the best interests of the child. In short, when making a decision about child custody and visitation, a court will consider a number of factors to determine what is best for the child in questions. These factors can include the child's relationship with each parent, any history of drug use or domestic violence, each parent's living arrangement, and how active of a role each parent has played in the child's life. When the child is older, the court may take the child's wishes into consideration.
It doesn't take a scientist to realize that many factors can contribute to a divorce. Infidelity, financial woes, and a general loss of feeling for each other can all leave couples looking for a way out of their marriage. Interestingly enough, studies have found that certain factors can increase one's likelihood for divorce. Amongst those are the type of job that an individual holds.
Divorce is rarely easy. Splitting couples often find themselves arguing over pertinent family law issues such as property division, alimony, child support, and child custody, which can cause the emotional and financial pressures to swell. During this time it can be difficult to control one's emotions. However, especially when children are involved, the approach one takes in a marriage dissolution can have a long-lasting impact.
There is no way of knowing what the divorce process will bring to your life, but there are some basic steps you can take to feel better about the future.
Going through a divorce can take a toll on a couple's children. Far too often, these children feel like they are at fault in some way, which can only be exacerbated when parents bicker and fight in front of their children. Although the matter may settle slightly once a divorce is finalized, child custody issues can reemerge from time-to-time depending on the circumstances at hand.