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Child custody can be sticking point during divorce

The New York divorce process can be difficult to navigate for financial reasons, but it can also be tough to go through emotionally for those with children. Unfortunately, parents often go into a divorce proceeding expecting to face a great deal of conflict with each other when addressing child custody concerns. A few tips may help handle this aspect of divorce effectively.

According to the United States government, more than 40 percent of first-time marriages end in marital dissolution. The figure is 60 percent for second marriages and 73 percent for third marriages. In addition, an estimated 30 percent of divorce involve people with children.

Some of the main challenges that people with children face when going through divorce is trying to figure out how to coordinate their schedules as well as their finances to meet their children's needs. Recommendations regarding what the children require during the divorce process and afterward are continuing to evolve. Experts note that children benefit from possessing solid relationships with both of their parents if there is no neglect or abuse by one of the parents.

If the parties getting divorced can find common ground in the area of child custody, they may be able to go through mediation or direct negotiations instead of litigation. These are amicable alternatives to going to trial and give the couple an opportunity to create a parenting agreement that considers what they both feel is best for their kids. If they cannot reach an agreement in this area, a New York judge will ultimately decide what is in the best interests of any children involved.

Source: deseretnews.com, "What the research says on parenting after divorce", Lois M. Collins, Dec. 28, 2016

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