Child custody issues arise in many different forms. One form, of course, is when parents divorce. Another is when unmarried parents split up. In these cases, arrangements for custody and visitation or parenting time must be worked out.
The "best interests of the child" has long been the governing standard in child custody cases. But what does that really mean in practice, as time goes on?
"Follow the money" has become a popular expression in American life. It can, of course, apply in many different contexts.
Even with the expansion of federal law in recent years, there are still many areas of the law where state law is primary. Family law is one of those areas.
Going through divorce is a painful experience. Although divorce can be the right decision, there is no such thing as an easy divorce. And as devastating as it is for former couples, the biggest impact is on the children involved. But research suggests some ways to minimize damage to children.