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Custody Catch Phrases

The terms "co-parenting" and "best interests of the child" are phrases that are part of our daily language in the world of custody and family law. They are also commonly thrown around as weapons between divorcing parents, often without any real tie-in with their intended meaning. As a professor once told our class, they are terms of art, so we should use them artfully!

The Ambivalent Parent

"But I love my baby! I can't believe he's getting custody! I can't believe that he will be the person making all the important decisions in my child's life! It's like I don't matter at all!"

What's the Score?

"She's done it again! We have a Parenting Plan that sets out the schedule. It's supposed to be my weekend with the kids and here comes some other reason I shouldn't have my weekend. Sure, last month, I needed to switch weekends because I had family coming and they wanted to see the kids, but she's now asked me to switch weekends six times this year and it's only May! And now this weekend, she wants to get the kids 3 hours earlier than she's supposed to! This is absurd!"

5:00 PM in Courtroom 1200

As the Judge strode back into the courtroom, Suzanne began fidgeting relentlessly. She was ready for this, but at the same time, she was afraid. Calm down and think about a happy moment in your life, Suzanne told herself repeatedly. As the Judge was getting ready to sit down, Suzanne glanced at the round clock on the wall in front of her. It was about 5 o'clock in the afternoon. She knew she only had a split second to reminisce about the happiest moment in her life, but it was more than sufficient.

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