When divorce cases involve child custody issues, the Court is most interested in the status quo for the kids to the extent possible – but above all stability – with a now 2-household family. A wholesale change of parenting responsibility and parenting time generally does not happen immediately (or possibly ever) absent really extraordinary circumstances involving, for example, mental health, physical abuse, or drug/alcohol abuse. However, when an historically less-involved parent wishes upon divorce to step up sharing some or all parenting responsibilities, over time, as a great amount of clinical literature suggests, then shared parenting arrangements may make the most sense for the kids with quality parenting by both parents.
My 18 successful years of trial and mediation experience child custody cases can help shepherd you through a harrowing time.
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