Battling over child custody could end up making things worse

On behalf of Jeffrey N. Greenblatt of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA posted in Child Custody on Friday, May 3, 2013.

People who have gone through a divorce in Maryland know that it can be a very emotionally and mentally grueling time in a person's life. This is especially true for people with children, when child custody is the primary concern.

When it comes to spending time with their children, there isn't much that people won't do, which is why emotions can run so hot during the divorce process. This is completely understandable, but it's still important to keep a positive and objective frame of mind during the divorce process, otherwise the real loser in the child custody dispute can be the children themselves.

A recent article explained several things that parents can do to promote the best interests of the child during the divorce process. The most important thing is to not look at the divorce as a zero-sum game to decide who gets the children. Divorce is never that simple, and when the line blurs between doing what is best for the children and doing things out of spite, it's certainly time to take a step back and evaluate the situation.

It is also very important to try not to blame or disparage the other parent, especially in front of the children. When children sense these feelings of anger and resentment, they are more likely to have an adverse emotional reaction, especially when parents openly argue in their presence.

Divorce is a time of change, which means that all sorts of new and unique situations may be on the horizon, and it's important to keep an open mind and not become frustrated when things don't go as predicted. That being said, people have every right to do what is best for their children and should never have to settle for less than that, which is why the choice of an attorney is so important.

Source: Fox News, "4 tips for parents going through divorce," Tina Paone and Thomas Petrelli, April 21, 2013