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A child custody agreement that works for the whole family

When a couple files for divorce, they will have to resolve many difficult issues, including custody of the children and visitation. While these issues are important and parents may have strong feelings about their preferred outcome, it is still possible to navigate a divorce in a way that allows parents to remain partners for the sake of the children. When Missouri parents are committed to cooperation for the sake of their children, it is possible to find a child custody arrangement that works for everyone. 

Before a no-fault divorce was an option, couples often had to stay in unhappy marriages if no moral or legal grounds for divorce existed. Presently, more legal options exist for those who are choosing to end a marriage. In fact, more and more couples are choosing to move away from the typical contentious, stressful divorce, instead choosing to resolve issues in a practical manner.

One of the ways that a person can minimize the conflict in a divorce is by employing the services of a mental health professional. This assistance can provide needed support in a difficult time, even if a couple is resolved to be amicable. Additionally, negotiation and mediation provides an opportunity to resolve issues without litigation. 

Divorce is difficult, but it does not have to lead to years of tension or protracted legal battles. It is possible for parents to remain close partners in child custody matters, allowing their children to have happy, well-adjusted lives after their parents divorce. To learn more about all options available, it is recommended that an individual seek the counsel of an experienced Missouri attorney.

Source: psychologytoday.com, "Rewriting the Narrative of Divorce", Wendy Paris, Feb. 2, 2016

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