You are considering separating from your spouse and/or your significant other, but down the hall there is a five year old child that loves both of you. What happens to him or her? The polestar in any custody litigation is “what is the best interest of the child?” So, if you are either a mom or a dad and are considering breaking up the child’s other parent, you need to first think what is in that child’s true best interest. Most of the time, if you are entirely honest, your answer will be that the child needs both of you to help continue to raise him or her. There may be exceptions to that situation, if one of the parents is an alcoholic or drug addict, or is physically or mentally abusive, but in 90% of the situations, both parents’ continuing involvement with the child is truly what is in the child’s best interests.

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