It is an often-repeated argument that children should never bear the brunt of familial squabbles. Whenever a falling-out between parents ends up in court, the first concern must be the children and about the care they might receive in the event of a divorce. Such child custody battles involve a number of factors besides the parents, which often include lawyers, social services providers, and child care workers. Despite such a diverse presence of people, there may still be no one to consider the best interests of the child.
Recently, a Connecticut-based lawyer decided to showcase the plight of children caught in custody contests through a short film, which is aimed at parents who might be already involved in a custody fight or who are contemplating one. The lawyer, whose own experience informs the plot, hopes that the film can clear the air on several myths that parents seem to believe.
For instance, parents tend to expect judges to do the actual caring for the children and absolve themselves of the responsibility. While judges are mandated by law to do this, it is possible that they too disregard the children until it is too late.
Family feuds can be a most harrowing experience, especially for children. It is the responsibility of society as well as the parents to provide adequate care for them and to ensure that they are not traumatized by events beyond their complete comprehension. Parents who take the legal route to separation are well advised to consult with a legal expert to ensure that they don't take for granted the legal protections for their children.
Irrespective of the outcome of the custody battle, parents might find themselves having to care for children who are emotionally scarred and need a lot more guidance than usual. The best interest of the child should always be the focal point. Divorcing parents should understand how to best achieve this so they can avoid future disputes and modifications.
Source: newstimes.com, "Film shot in Danbury highlights pain of child-custody battles", Denis J. O'Malley, April 11, 2014