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Busting 5 common myths about child custody

Child custody is one of the most distressing elements of divorce, often causing pain to both parents and children. In addition to being costly, a custody battle can increase the stress and anxiety of dealing with these important decisions. A recent article featured in Huffington Post's divorce section might lessen this anxiety by busting some of the common myths associated with the child custody process.

According to the article, many people believe mother always wins custody. This might have been true in the past, but it is no longer the case. Many parents share custody to some degree, and in some cases, fathers have emerged from divorce as the primary caregiver.

The story also busts the myth that divorced parents who get along great don't need a set schedule. Instead, the article advises parents to create a schedule upfront in order to avoid conflict down the road, especially during holidays and summer.

Another myth the report discusses involves the belief that parents can deny access to the child if the spouse responsible for child support does not pay. In truth, the two matters are separate from one another, and most courts disapprove of this kind of behavior.

Some parents believe taking antidepressants can hurt a custody case, but the article says this is simply not true. Rather than looking at seeking treatment for divorce-related depression as a negative, most courts view the act of getting help for emotional issues as a positive development.

Finally, the article busts the myth that it's better to fight over custody instead of making compromises. The opposite is much closer to the truth, as this kind of behavior means a court may have to step in and make important custody decisions. It's always better for everyone involved when parents can work this out privately.

Unfortunately, child custody decisions often still wind up in the hands of a judge despite a divorcing couple's best efforts. When this happens, it's important to find an attorney who can present your case clearly and help you secure the best custody arrangement for your children.

Source: Huffington Post, "Five Custody Myths Separating Parents Need to Know" Carla Schiff Donnelly, Jun. 05, 2014

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