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Child Custody Archives

How does a court determine custody arrangements?

When a child is involved in a divorce, the most important thing is to make sure he or she goes to a safe, supportive home environment with one or both of his or her parents. It's vital to note that a court may overrule either parent's wishes when it comes to custody, even if they've determined custody preferences on their own. This is because a court wants to guarantee a child's safety and that the child's best interests are at the heart of any custody arrangement.

Diagnosing parental alienation could help children during divorce

Parents are demanding that the courts do more to help prevent parental alienation, according to a news report from May 11. Parents' rights groups across the United States brought attention to an annual day to recognize the risk of parental alienation and to begin bringing attention to the risk of this happening in divorce cases.

How can parents lose custody or visitation rights?

Child custody arrangements can be some of the most difficult to make during a divorce. You want to create a fair parenting plan, but the thought of seeing your child less often than every day is something you don't want to agree to. Despite that, you and your spouse came up with an agreement you're happy with. However, when you reach court, that's not necessarily going to be approved.

Parenting with your ex

Parenting with your ex can be a good thing, and unless you have had a really bitter divorce, you could probably make it happen. However, it might take some effort. Here's how one couple does it.

Custody battle ensues between Jennifer Hudson and ex-fiancé

Jennifer Hudson, from "The Voice," and her ex-fiancé, David Otunga, have called it quits. Although the couple never married, but remained engaged for nine years, they have an 8-year-old son, David Jr., who is about to be caught in a custody battle, it appears. Otunga, a former wrestler, says he intends to fight for primary custody of their child.

An example of the child protection system failure

Residents in the Hartford region shared shock and disgust when it learned that a small boy placed in a home by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) nearly starved to death. The entire situation is too complex to detail here, but some of the important facts are listed below, according to news sources:

Consider changing the way you perceive child custody

Even though we are attorneys who are committed to the law and to the preservation of family, we believe that the legal aspects of child custody can complicate matters in some cases. This does not mean we think that parents in the midst of child custody proceedings should not seek legal assistance. On the contrary, we believe attorney representation protects parents and children alike in all matters related to divorce.

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