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Reframing the way parents think about child custody

On Behalf of | Oct 7, 2021 | Child Custody |

When Mississippi parents go through a divorce, they naturally have concerns about how this decision will affect their children. In some cases, there are disputes and disagreements about child custody, but it is often possible for parents to avoid a complex and litigious battle over parenting time and other issues. It may be helpful to reframe the way one thinks about child simply by removing the word “custody” from the conversation completely. 

Don’t think of it as a battle 

Some think that the word custody implies the need for a legal battle. Changing the vocabulary associated with the matter may help change the mindset that time with children is something parents either win or lose. Instead of thinking about winning a fight or maintaining control over the children, it is best for the child to provide them with an arrangement that allows them to have a strong relationship with both parents.  

Instead of using words such as custody and visitation, Mississippi parents may benefit from using terms such as parental responsibilities instead. This may help diffuse tension. By reducing conflict in every way possible, parents will be more likely to reach a beneficial conclusion to custody concerns without the need for litigation. 

Important legal guidance 

The intent of any child custody arrangement is to protect the best interests of the kids above all else. Any parents walking through a divorce will benefit from the guidance of an experienced family law attorney. This counsel provides parents the opportunity to make smart and thoughtful decisions that will be beneficial for years to come.  



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