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Dangerous habits could impact child custody

Courts will focus primarily on the best interests of the child when determining child custody arrangements. However, resolving child custody disputes isn't always easy. In some instances, one parent may question the other parent's abilities to raise a child. They may even question whether the child will be safe under that parent's care.

In Connecticut, people are banned from using their cell phones while they are driving. Despite that, an AT&T survey recently revealed that many adults text and drive despite being warned about how dangerous the habit is. Of the more than 1,000 adult drivers surveyed, 98 percent said they know texting and driving is unsafe. However, 49 percent say they do it.

Texting and driving can lead to serious accidents and injuries. When people look at a text message, they often take their eyes off the road for nearly five seconds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people die each day due to distracted driving crashes and more than 1,000 people are injured.

People involved in custody disputes may raise concerns about the safety of their child if one parent is known to text message while he or she is driving. People with real fears about their child's safety may be willing to take drastic measures to prove that one parent is putting a child in danger.

Parents often have a very special bond with their children, which is why child custody matters can become so emotional. No matter the situation, parents in Connecticut involved in a custody dispute would be wise to work with an experienced divorce attorney.

Source: USA Today, "Texting in traffic: Adults worse than teens," Larry Copeland, March 28, 2013

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