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Focusing on the children in a child custody dispute

For couples in North Carolina who are going through a divorce, there is a wide range of issues that can lead to contentious disagreements, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody. Child custody, however, has the potential to be the most explosive issue of all in the case. After all, every parent wants what is best for their child and, if the couple is getting divorced, obviously, they have trouble agreeing on certain issues. That likely includes what exactly is, in fact, best for the child.

But, no matter how contentious a child custody dispute might become, focusing on the children in the case is usually the best way to resolve any conflicts. Family law courts are governed in these situations by attempting to find solutions and arrangements that are in the “best interests of the child.”

If that standard sounds nebulous to our readers, it is understandable. It is a highly subjective standard that can grant family law judges quite a bit of leeway. If the issue of child custody is left entirely up to the judge to decide, the ultimate decision may not even be something that is workable for the parents. That is why it is usually in the best interests of all involved to attempt to reach an out-of-court agreement that can then be ratified by the court.

At our law firm, we understand that child custody disputes oftentimes take precedent in divorce cases. We do our best to work with our clients to find solutions and explore the available legal options. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help parents who are going through a child custody dispute, please visit our website.