There are a variety of challenges parents may face when working through family law matters, from struggling with child support payments or the modification of a child support order to discussing their plans to divorce with their children. However, disputes which involve the custody of a child can be especially difficult for a parent, and children as well. Custody decisions have a major impact on a child's life, from where they spend most of their time to the major influences they are exposed to on a daily basis. From high levels of anxiety to depression and anger, in some cases, the emotional toll of a custody dispute can be overwhelming.
Although custody disputes can be very emotionally charged, you should try to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of your ability to present your case. Courts aim for an outcome that serves a child's best interests and by understanding some of the factors they use to make these determinations, you might be able to relieve some of your stress. Knowing that you have done all you can to prepare for a custody dispute is one way to address negative emotions, you may also find value in discussing these issues with your child and reassuring them that your love will not be affected by the outcome of the case.
We understand the various stressors parents often work through with respect to custody issues, but you should not let your emotions get in the way. Our custody page has more related to custody disputes.