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Understanding the importance of a child custody decision

When Los Angeles residents go through a divorce, each spouse may feel overwhelmed with pressure and stress. A divorce is not easy, with property division, possible spousal support or alimony and thoughts of moving on to a new life. If there are children involved, this can become especially stressful. How will the children react? How can Los Angeles residents make sure that the children are not negatively affected from the divorce?

These are questions that many parents may ask. Judges consider these questions as well. A court's primary goal during the process of a divorce and during the child custody hearings is to ensure that the best interests of children are met. This means that the judge will look at the children's living conditions during the marriage, the relationship between each parent and each child and, depending upon the age of the children, may also ask for the opinion of their relationship with each parent.

All of these factors may also weigh heavy in the minds of each parent. Emotions will also be running high during the child custody hearings. It is important to keep your emotions in check and to do and say the right things so that the court's decision is not impacted by potentially irrational behavior.

During these trying times, it is important to have the right information about legal options. Each divorce is different, and knowing the options for your own unique situation may be in everyone's best interests, but especially the interests of your children.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Child Custody Basics," Accessed Nov. 22, 2016

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