It is important to remember that your child’s well-being is enhanced if you are able to maintain continuity in your child’s life. Your child will benefit if he or she is able to stay in a familiar home, keep existing friends, maintain a similar lifestyle, and feel the love and support of both parents and extended family. The guiding principal of this area of the law is what is in the child’s best interest.
Fathers are often concerned about being able to maintain a strong relationship with their children. Mothers are often worried about their financial security as they strive to establish a new household following a divorce. It is these different concerns that create conflict and tension between the parents, often placing the child in the middle of the dispute. This does not have to be the case. If the parents can work together to reach an agreement, usually both parent’s concerns can be satisfactorily addressed. If not, a judge will make the decisions, which can likely leave one or both parents, as well as the child, unhappy. I will help to guide you through this very emotional aspect of your case so you can make the most informed decision possible for you and your child.