When a marriage falters, a husband and wife contemplating divorce often perceive themselves as being the only two parties to a divorce, just as they were the only two parties to the original marriage itself. Within the context of divorce, bank accounts must be split up, houses must be divided, retirement accounts divvied up. While mediation is often recommended, if possible, in order to ensure the smoothest transition, couples will sometimes choose to litigate with some acrimony. Along with all of these entanglements, it is not uncommon for divorcing couples to also fight about the most important and sensitive subject of all: the children.
The courts have recognized, however, that child custody is not simply a matter of the father’s vision and desires versus the mother’s vision and desires. Children have rights of their own, and in making a decision about child placement and custody, courts will look to the best interest of the child. (For an example, see here).
At times, the difficulty of determining the case will lead the Court to appoint a Best Interest Attorney, whose job it is to, determine. . . whether the child has considered judgment and advance . . .a position which the attorney believes is in the child’s best interest.
The Court may appoint a best interest attorney at the request of the parties, if the level of conflict is too high, if there are indications of abuse or violence, major changes to the child’s living arrangements, or for any other reason that the Court deems appropriate.
Our experience working with divorcing parents over the years is that no matter how child custody plays out, it is always in the best interests of the child to avoid conflict and anger, and to use tools such as mediation in order to make the process as free of conflict as possible.
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Our Towson divorce lawyers can help you with all your family law needs including divorce mediation, alimony, child custody, child support and division of property. Call Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC today at 443-589-0150 or contact us online. Our law offices are conveniently located in Hunt Valley, East Pikesville and Towson enabling us to serve clients throughout Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County.