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7 things you can do to make child custody modification easier

Child custody modification is beneficial for your child in most cases. The process might be rather stressful because you know your child's future is at stake. Consider taking these steps to prepare you for the mediation process.

Keep holiday custody stressors to a minimum

The holiday season is not always a time for happy family celebrations. Especially for divorced and blended families, the months between Thanksgiving and New Year's can be fraught with sadness, anger, disappointment and confusion. It's the duty of the parents to make the custody transitions from mom to dad to be as smooth and seamless as possible.

Points to consider when modifying your child custody agreement

When you were engaged in divorce proceedings, you had many concerns jostling for attention: your kids, your home, your career. Though a trying process, establishing a custody agreement that satisfied both you and your former spouse was finally developed. The document addressed all variables that you anticipated would enter your lives. Upon signing the forms in your attorney's office, you hoped that would not have to revisit the issue of child custody again.

Key things to do when going through a child custody battle

In an ideal world, child custody would be easy to decide and you and your ex would agree on everything. If you're going through a child custody battle in Arkansas, though, you know that it can be far less than ideal. Below are a few things that can help.

Custody papers are needed when parents don't agree

A woman recently wrote about her child custody situation, saying that it helped to ignore the custody agreement and focus on her daughter. The article gained a lot of traction as a way to show that custody agreements aren't needed, but reading between the lines showed that it also told the opposite tale.

The role of the primary caretaker

The title of "primary caretaker" could become incredibly important in your divorce in Arkansas, so it's important to know exactly what this means and how it is used during the proceedings. Specifically, this is a term that relates to the child custody decision-making process.

What is joint child custody?

Joint child custody is, in some ways, the closest that you can get to a "normal" living situation for your child. Both you and your spouse are going to split the responsibilities after the divorce. This includes taking care of the child, raising him or her, and allowing the child to live with you. Ideally, the split is going to be pretty equal so that you both play a large role in the child's life.

How lies factor into a child custody case

When a child custody case in Arkansas grows bitter, one of the sad realities is that parents may lie in an effort to get what they want. This can take many different forms. If you feel your spouse is lying, it's important to know how to protect your rights as a parent.

How does an Arkansas judge determine child custody?

When deciding who should get custody, the law in Arkansas stipulates that each parent should be considered in the same way. That is to say, the court should never assume that a father does not want custody or give preferential treatment to a child's mother for no other reason than that she happens to be the mother. Instead, to determine who should get custody, the court will look at many different factors, including:-- Which parent demonstrates a level of love and affection that means he or she will care for the child properly-- The economic situation that both the mother and the father will find themselves in after the divorce-- Whether or not there is a history of aggression and abuse in the home, stemming from either parent-- The overall character of both parties, looking at their honesty and other such factors-- The home environment itself, specifically as that environment pertains to the health of the child-- What needs to be done to keep multiple children living under the same roof-- What the children want and have requested on their own

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