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Couples have decisions to make when it comes to child custody

When Utah parents end their relationships, they often spend a considerable amount of time, either together or separately, attempting to make the process less stressful and uncomfortable for their children. Carrying this sentiment into the divorce process could help keep the focus on doing what is best for them both now and post-divorce. When it comes to child custody, parents have numerous decisions to make.

The first, and perhaps most important, decision involves whether to negotiate an arrangement between themselves or allow the court to make the decisions for them. Many couples find it more satisfying and advantageous to negotiate their own agreements. Parents can tailor their parenting plan to the unique needs of their family and include other provisions, such as how to resolve disputes or scheduling conflicts or changes. Since each parent helped make the decisions, each of them is more likely to adhere to them as well.

When Utah parents negotiate their own settlement, they can work together with their attorneys, go through mediation or use collaborative law. It depends on the amount of assistance the parties need in order to keep on task and reach an agreement that benefits them and the children. In the end, any agreement reached should allow the parents the opportunity to spend as much time with the children as possible while providing them with the security and consistency they need.

Once an agreement is reached, it will need to be presented to the court for approval. A family law attorney can help ensure that it meets all of the current child custody laws and remains in line with public policy. Once the court is satisfied, the parents can implement their plan and fulfill their goals of making the upcoming transitions as stress-free as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Custody Considerations: Step-By-Step", Accessed on June 10, 2017

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