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Child custody battle does not have to be a fight

Several states start with the presumption that shared parenting is the default custody scenario, provided it is safe to do so. In light of that fact, many Colorado parents involved in child custody disputes may be more willing to work out a solution that permits fathers more equal time in hands-on parenting with their children. In spite of the change in attitudes, though, it may still be difficult for parents to work together to find a way to get to a shared parenting agreement.

In years past, fathers feared that they would be counted as a secondary caregiver. It is now more clearly understood that children benefit if they have equal access to both parents -- when circumstances permit. There are steps that both parents can take that can ease the stress of a custody battle while demonstrating to the courts that they are dedicated to their children. One of the first is to attempt to see the former spouse as the parent of their child and not the partner who let them down.

Parents are encouraged to be as involved as possible in their child's daily life. They can sign up for school emails and appear at as many events as possible. Courts will look favorably on positive parental actions rather than past marital choices. It is recommended that parents rely more on guidance from professionals instead of friends, as each situation is unique.  

Those who are able to focus on their child's greater good may be able to work together more effectively. In the end, the goal is not to "win" against the other parent but to ensure that a child has a stable and loving environment in which to thrive, preferably with the input of both parents. Colorado residents who are unable to arrive at a child custody agreement on their own may choose to consult with a seasoned family law attorney who can guide them through the process.

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