Few issues lead to greater conflict (or legal fees) than fights over child custody or parenting arrangements. 

Unfortunately, courts are poorly equipped to adjudicate parenting schedules.  Where child issues are contested, therefore, the courts commonly refer the question to an outside investigator or evaluator called a guardian ad litem.  Again, access to a GAL or the weight given to the GAL’s findings often depends on the judge’s preference or the judge’s experience with a particular GAL.

Attorney Clark believes that there is little to gain by fighting over children.  Such contests not only drain parents’ financial and emotional resources, but also leave lingering resentment that can impair parents’ ability to work together in the future as well as damage children’s relationships with their parents.




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