It's easy to get caught up in proving that you're the better parent. Maybe you feel that your home is more structured than you're ex's, or that you have more money, experience, or love to give.
But the courts' primary focus is on your kids' best interests.
Loosely translated, that means that the judge wants to know who's more likely to make choices in favor of meeting the kids' needs instead of their own. For example, who's more likely to sacrifice their own material, emotional, and physical needs? Who will follow through regarding any special medical or educational needs? And the one that most frequently trips parents up in court: who's more likely to support the child's relationship with the other parent -- even when it's inconvenient to do so?
For tips on doing what the courts favor, and avoiding what they frown upon, read Who's Really the Better Parent in the Eyes of the Court?
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