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How finances can play into child custody determinations

When asked to make a decision concerning the care and custody of a child, family court judges in Colorado are expected to place the best interests of the child above all else. Unfortunately, the process does not always follow lines of fairness and reason. Other matters, such as finances, can have a great deal of influence on the outcome of a child custody dispute.

Mothers in particular can fall victim to financial aspects of a child custody fight. Most commonly, women who cannot match the financial means of their husbands are not equipped to wage a fair legal fight. Child custody cases can quickly become very expensive, and many mothers find their financial resources tapped long before the matter comes before a court. Not being able to aggressively pursue custody can result in an unbalanced outcome, even when courts are tasked with focusing on what is right for the child.

Another side of the same coin involves mothers who have remained within the workplace while raising their children. It is possible for these mothers to be painted as placing their career needs above the interests of their child. Military moms often face this scenario, and many have lost custody based on their service to their country.

For Colorado mothers who are seeking full custody of their children, it is essential to aggressively fight for one's parental rights. When financial issues are a factor, the first course of action should be to sit down with one's divorce attorney and discuss how to control the costs of child custody litigation. Mothers may also wish to explore funding options, such as asking the court to order that part of their legal fees be paid by the higher-earning spouse.

Source: Huffington Post, The High Price Mothers Pay When Filing For Divorce, Laura Wellington, Oct. 23, 2013

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