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What type of custody is in your kids' best interests?

Divorcing parents in New Orleans have a lot of decisions to make as the marriage comes to an end. Property has to be divided and spousal support may have to be allocated if there is a major difference in the spouses' incomes. But then there is child custody -- which usually brings child support in tow - and this is often the most contentious part of a divorce for people who have children. If the couple can make the decision without the help of a judge's ruling, then a parenting plan can be devised together. But the problem with creating a parenting plan together is that there can be a lot of hidden resentment between the parents, causing disagreements to arise frequently.

When parents cannot put children first, the whole process can be skewed. For one woman who recently and suddenly got divorced, this may be what is happening. She has two children: one who is 5 years old and another who is 15 months. The young ages of the children are important to note here because she is uncertain about how they would deal with a shared custody arrangement with all of the associated back and forth between parents. Many parents worry about such details, but it could be their subconscious desire to keep the kids out of their former spouses' hands due to some previous behaviors. In this woman's case, she is both angry and upset with her ex-husband and is concerned she might be allowing her feelings to get in the way of what is best for the kids.

At the same time, she is concerned that a shared custody arrangement wouldn't allow the kids to have a stable life. It is likely that she is worried that if the back and forth continues as the children grow older, it could affect their development. This is when a qualified attorney with a significant background in divorce cases can be extremely helpful. By discussing their circumstances with a lawyer, many have determined what is the best option for their children. And if that changes in the future, custody modifications are possible; attorneys can provide assistance when addressing modifications as well.

Source:  New York Times, "Can a Child Be Too Young for Shared Custody?" KJ Dell'Antonia, Aug. 16, 2013

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