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Child custody and child support during a divorce

Houston couples who are going through a divorce often think of this time as the worse time in their lives. Emotions are high and a person's anxiety can be through the roof. There are so many decisions to be made and they can all be very important for a family's future. During a high asset divorce, children can be the central issue.

When one parent wants to retain custody of the children, there are certain things they should keep in mind during the divorce process. They need to make sure that they have been taking their parenting role seriously. If one parent has been doing the heavy lifting with the children and their needs, they need to make the court aware of their sacrifices. In addition to sacrifices caring for the children a parent may have also made a career sacrifice. By staying home, or working less, to take care of the children, a person may have lost out on earning potential during their prime work years. By getting married and having children a person may have cut short a promising career or educational opportunities. This should also be brought to the attention of the court. Child support and alimony might be available from the other spouse in order to compensate for the sacrifice that the spouse made in their career.

During the divorce proceedings, the serious parent may want to bring up reasons why the other parent was not as good. They may have problems such as mental health issues, alcohol issues and other problems. A parent may want to advocate for a visitation plan that can vary based on the circumstances from week-long visits to just a few days each month.

A legal professional skilled in family law can be of assistance to a person through their high-asset divorce. They understand what is at stake. An attorney knows what their client needs in the future in terms of alimony and child support and can advocate on their behalf.

Source: The Huffington Post, "An Open Letter to Snow White: Custody, Alimony, and Child Support for the Dwarves," James J. Sexton, July 30, 2015

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