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Are you struggling through the holiday season, barely on speaking terms with your spouse? Do you dread the thought of another argument about the same old topics?

If so, you may find yourself contemplating divorce as you enter into 2017. But before making any rash moves that could give your spouse the upper hand in any child custody actions, consider your position carefully.

Remember that the court makes its custody decisions based on the best interests of the minor children. That means that you have to be very careful if you are planning to request sole custody or relocate with the children out of the jurisdiction of the court.

While it is never possible to guarantee the outcome of any contested custody dispute between parents, our attorneys have years of experience fighting for our clients' rights to custody of their own children.

We can prepare detailed parenting plans to submit to the court where you are named as the custodial parent and reasonably demonstrate the need for child support to be ordered paid by the non-custodial parent. He or she will likely be granted visitation of the child(ren) unless you are able to substantiate allegations of abuse, neglect or other egregious character flaws such as untreated substance abuse in the other parent.

When it comes to a contested divorce and child custody lawsuit, choosing to be the plaintiff is often better than winding up as the defendant if your soon-to-be ex-spouse files first.

Visit our website to learn what you will need to do in order to be prepared to file for divorce or custody of your children in 2017.

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