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The pros and cons of a custody case

When you get a divorce, you have to work through child custody issues and determine where your child will live and when he or she will see each parent. After some time, you may find that you wish to take on a larger role in your child's life or that you need to keep your child away from a dangerous or negligent parent.

In that case, you'll need to have the custody order changed. This can stir up some problems, but there are also benefits.

Are there pros and cons to a custody case?

There are a few pros and cons to making a case against your child's other parent. For example, if the other parent is cooperative, you may not need a case. If he or she will fight for custody, it could draw out an already difficult situation. If the other parent has an attorney, you also need to address whether or not you can afford to have one also.

It's also possible that a parent who was not involved in the past may step forward and attempt to become involved more because you initiated a case for sole or primary custody. You may need to go to court several times if this happens, and the case could drag on for a year or longer in some cases.

Why is it important to seek custody rights?

When you have custody, you gain various rights. You may have the right to make decisions about your child's care. You may also get the right to residency, so your child can live with you in your home.

Every case is different. Your attorney can advise you on the importance of filing a case in your situation.

Source: Women's Law, "Custody," accessed June 20, 2017

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