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Some tips on the Missouri child custody process

Divorce can be an emotional rollercoaster for all Missourians involved -- the wife, the husband, as well as any children involved in the marriage. With so much on the line, whether it is Florida property division, spousal support, alimony, child support or child custody, it may be difficult to think rationally. Moreover, it can be even harder to make decisions that consider everyone's personal situation and how the decisions will ultimately affect him or her.

Florida child custody is among the most important decisions to be made. If you are unable to come to a mutually agreed upon decision regarding child custody, it may go to mediation between both parties. The mediator knows that both sides may try to paint the other side in a negative light. Unless there is a history or serious potential for sexual or physical abuse, character assassinations generally do not work. In fact, an aggressive ex-spouse may be showing more about themselves than the person they are trying to bad-mouth.

It is important to try to be fair as possible with your ex-spouse, which also means coming up with rational and reasonable rules for child custody. The harder you make things for your ex-spouse, the harder it will ultimately be for you to meet the rules you've laid out and agreed upon.

As we have stressed before, the courts primary goal is the protection of the child's well-being, and all decisions will take the child's best interests in mind when rendering a decision. Children are often smarter than you think, but still may not fully understand the emotional complexities of a divorce. Keeping things simple and stress-free is the best way to make certain the children are not negatively affected by a divorce.

Source: PsychologyToday.com, "Three Rules for Negotiating Child Custody," Ugo Uche, accessed on Feb. 2, 2016

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