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Anger should not motivate child custody decisions

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2020 | Divorce

There are often strong emotions associated with a divorce, and it can be difficult for a Nebraska parent to think clearly about what is best for the individual situation. Anger is normal, but this emotion rarely leads to decisions that are practical and will make sense long-term. It is difficult to do this, but it is often best to simply remove emotions from the equation when making decisions based on what is best for the children.

Frustration with the other parent is a normal part of divorce and child custody discussions. It may help to remember that someone who is particularly contentious and difficult during the divorce process may end up as a reasonable co-parent. Strong emotions can cause people to act out of their normal character, and these feelings can dissipate over time.

Co-parenting is often the best choice for the children, but in order for it to work well, parents have to work together. Anger will stand in the way of a respectful arrangement, and kids may end up experiencing stress and emotional duress if they feel like they are in the middle of their parents’ disagreement. It can take time, but it’s worthwhile to set aside feelings of hostility for the good of the kids.

Because it is difficult to set aside emotions when dealing with child custody issues, it is beneficial to work with an experienced Nebraska family law attorney. A legal ally can help a parent think clearly and make smart choices regarding a final custody and visitation order. Before agreeing to terms or allowing strong emotions to drive decision-making, it may help to first seek an assessment of the individual case.