Child custody can be one of the most challenging aspects of a divorce, not only because a dispute can lead to strong emotions and courtroom stressors but because of the way in which the outcome may impact a child’s life. Moreover, a custody dispute can affect parents in all sorts of ways as well, and in this post, we will look into some career-related concerns involving custody disputes. If you expect that the process of determining how custody will be awarded will be challenging and contentious, it is important to prepare and do what you can to minimize these difficulties.
Most likely assume that family matters begin and end with the members of an individual nuclear family. Yet as societal norms shift, immediate family members have increasingly been placed into roles where their considerations must also be determined when dealing with issues such as custody and visitation. Both in Hawaii and throughout the rest of the U.S., grandparents specifically are seemingly becoming more and more involved in their grandchildren's lives. According to information shared by the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 10 percent of American grandparents have at least one grandchild in their households. When grandparents are heavily involved in the rearing of a child, their rights might also be considered in family law rulings.
If you are about to begin the divorce process, you might think that once you sign the final papers, the whole ordeal will be over and you will be ready to move on with your life. However, you might discover that you have mixed feelings about your ex both before and after the divorce becomes final. This is not unusual. One day you might completely despise your ex-husband and on the next you could miss him more than you have ever missed anyone else.
Some individuals going through a divorce might be surprised to learn that there are different ways to come up with the divorce terms. Some opt for mediation, while others decide that this isn't possible and need to go through a divorce trial in Honolulu.
When parents in Hawaii cannot reach agreements cooperatively regarding the care and custody of their children, the decision falls to the court. To make their decisions, family law judges may hear testimony, review evidence and consider a wide range of factors. At Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC, we have helped many parents understand how the court determines the best interests of the child and have aided them in preparing for their custody hearings.