We recently discussed how child custody issues might come up after a parent dies. This is only one example of when a child custody case might be necessary. Many children grow into adulthood with both parents still living, so you must realize that children who lose a parent are in the minority.
If you are facing a child custody issue, you should take steps to understand what the court is going to consider when your case goes before the judge. The court has to take only the child's best interest into account in all decisions. This means that what is easiest for you and what you prefer aren't going to be considered.
Some parents don't want to put their child's future in the hands of someone who really doesn't know the child. In these cases, the parents might work together to come up with the terms of the child custody agreement. This doesn't mean that you can just do whatever you want with custody. Instead, you still have to look into what is best for your child.
We can help you learn about what points you need to think about when you are negotiating with your ex. Deciding who will live with the child most of the time and who is going to make important decisions are two of the choices you have to make in these cases.
You also have to think about where the child will spend holidays and summer vacations. These decision are often some of the most contentious, but if you put your child first, you can usually find an arrangement that will work. We can help you evaluate the options that are open for these situations.