To determine custody decision, the courts top priority in all considerations is the "best interest" of the child.
Divorce can be an emotionally and financially taxing process. It can leave individuals angry and fearful for their future. This can force people to aggressively pursue the things that are important to them, whether that be child support, child custody or certain assets during the property division process. As contentious as these matters can be, a number of them can be avoided even before the issues arise.
Our last post on the blog discussed substance abuse and the profound impact it can have on children. Since it can have a tremendous effect on children, substance abuse issues should be aggressively litigated when brought up in the context of a child custody dispute. After all, the presence of substance abuse, if presented to the court effectively, can result in reduced or even eliminated contact with one's child. Therefore, when confronting this issue, there is often a lot at stake.