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The Ugly Side of Custody Battles

In today’s lexicon, you can hardly say the word “custody” without uttering “battle” in the same breath. And it’s easy to see why. Divorcing couples with children have a lot more at stake than just dissolving their marriage – their children’s futures are also on the line.

While undoubtedly every parent wants what’s best for their child, during divorce, it’s not up to the parents to decide what that is – it’s up to the courts. And that’s where even the most amicable of divorces can quickly turn ugly.

Drawing the battle lines

No matter the outcome of a custody case, children are in the mix, and it can be an emotionally painful process for them. As judges make decisions regarding custody, their priority remains on determining which outcome will be in the best interest of the child.

While “best interest” can be highly subjective, judges in Miami family court consider several factors, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The children’s ages
  • The parent’s living situation
  • Each parent’s relationship with the children before the divorce
  • Children’s preferences
  • Continuity and stability

These and many other factors, including abuse or neglect, will be evaluated by judges as they make their ruling on child custody cases, and both the father and mother will be given equal consideration.

With the wellbeing of children front and center in a case, it’s easy to see why child custody can be one of the most contentious aspects of divorce. At Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we take our responsibility as advocates for our clients, their rights, and their family’s best interests to heart and give each case the attention and dedication it deserves. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your family law needs.

Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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