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Decisions on child custody -- what is best for the children

When a couple decides to file for divorce and there are children involved, it is inevitable that the divorce will affect the children in some way or another.  Children are often seen as the victims of divorce because of the many ways in which they can be negatively affected. Fortunately, these effects can be minimized if North Carolina parents and their lawyers always remember that in every matter concerning the children, such as child custody decisions, the best interests of the children involved must be the first priority.

Within family law, "best interests" of a child require that the main aim of any discussions and subsequent decisions must be to ensure the mental health, security and happiness of the child involved. Divorcing couples should never lose sight of this important legal principle – no matter how difficult it may be.  When it comes to their children, a feuding couple should put aside their differences and focus on what would be best for their children.

In most instances, it would be in the child's best interests to still have both parents involved in his or her life, but this is not always practical. When there is a dispute between parents on child custody matters, a number of factors relating to the child, parents and other family dynamics will be taken into consideration by the court. After all factors have been considered, the crucial objective of the decision made is the child's happiness and safety.

The final decision about the custody arrangements of the children in a divorce will be made by a North Carolina court.  It is important for parents to discuss concerns and worries they have about child custody with their respective lawyers. A range of custody options opens doors that can reduce the negative impact a divorce may have on the children. At the same time, the options also provide the possibility that not only the best interests of the children, but also those of both parents are ensured.

Source: FindLaw, "Focusing on the "Best Interests" of the Child", Accessed on Dec. 11, 2016

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