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Litigation is not the only answer to child custody disputes

California parents who are going through a divorce are most concerned about the well-being of their children and protecting their parental rights. While these are valid concerns, it can lead to unnecessary child custody battles and stressful, costly litigation. A parent may be able to resolve these complications by working with an experienced family law attorney and making it a priority to protect the best interests of the kids.

One of the main reasons that child custody battles happen is due to the fact that parents, especially fathers, are concerned about protecting their parental rights. Traditionally, mothers were almost always granted custody, but that is not the norm anymore. When parents can share custody and allow the kids to maintain a strong relationship with both of them, the children will certainly benefit. 

Fighting for custody is necessary in some cases, but in many situations, it is possible to work through these issues without the need for litigation. In fact, these battles are stressful for the children, causing additional turmoil during an already difficult time. With the help of legal professionals, parents can think practically about what is best for the kids, both now and long into the future.

Divorce is hard, but it is possible to work toward a sustainable, beneficial post-divorce future. It is important to look at the big picture when navigating child custody matters. If a California parent wants to prepare for divorce or wants to know how to protect his or her parental rights, it is beneficial to seek a case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Understanding Child Custody Disputes With Help From National Family Solutions", Mike Wood, Oct. 6, 2016

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