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Fighting the fear that comes with a child custody battle

Just about everything to do with divorce can cause anxiety, but an imminent child custody battle is one of divorce's most frightening aspects. In nearly all cases, both parents want frequent access to the children and both parents are concerned about the health and well-being of their kids following divorce.

Unfortunately, the fear that comes with these battles can cause parents to act out of character, worsening their chances of gaining primary custody. The Huffington Post's Divorce section offers parents a few ways to fight the fear, get a grip on the behavior of both parties and keep the children in the forefront. Here is a breakdown on what the piece offers parents from a family law perspective.

-- Don't be afraid of accusations: For members of the family law community in Jersey City, accusations are commonplace. As professionals, attorneys focus on what they see rather than accusations, especially regarding the fitness or unfitness of one or both parents.

-- Divorce happens every day: Attorneys are trained to be objective, put the best interests of the children first and represent each client aggressively. This kind of representation ensures a fair and balanced outcome for the parents and for the children.

-- Attorneys are a source of support: In a world where everything seems to be spinning out of control, an objective yet sympathetic attorney can suddenly feel like an old friend. In addition to the main support system of family and friends, lawyers can support you and advocate for you.

-- Always provide a stable environment: Speaking of the best interests of the children, which you will likely hear a lot about in the coming weeks, stability is the best foundation. In a child custody battle, offering a stable environment and regular routines can make all the difference in the final outcome.

Nothing can take all of your fears away, but you will probably find comfort in the above tips. You can also turn to your family law attorney for assistance whenever you have valid concerns about the custody of your children.

Source: Huffington Post, "4 Ways to Fight Your Fears During a Custody Battle" Jessica Woodbury, Oct. 27, 2014

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