If there is any one family law issue that can cause perhaps the most significant amount of emotional distress for individuals and families, it is probably a child custody dispute. After all, most parents want what is best for their children and, in a child custody dispute, obviously someone else – the other parent, in most cases – is probably disagreeing with what you think. That can be frustrating to say the least, and can definitely lead to feelings of anger and bitterness.
Even though a child custody dispute can send emotions raging, it is important to focus on the children who are involved in this family law issue. Doing your best to put aside emotions and focus on the legal matters that need to be addressed is one way to help put your children first when it comes to a child custody dispute. As hard as it can seem to be, keeping an open mind about how the dispute will ultimately be resolved can oftentimes help both sides see what is actually best for the children.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t fight for what you believe is right. When child custody disputes erupt, it is oftentimes because one or the other parent isn’t abiding by previous court orders. Or, maybe there are new allegations of child abuse or bad behavior by a parent, such as drug or alcohol abuse. Maybe the parent with primary physical custody wants to move, perhaps far away. All of these issues, among many others, are some of the main reasons child custody disputes can occur and, throughout the process, staying focused on your rights is important.
At our law firm, we work with Pennsylvania residents who are going through child custody disputes and who are looking for answers. For more information, please visit the child custody and family law overview section of our law firm’s website.