Divorce could be hard on children, and teens might find themselves struggling with tremendous anxiety. When the parents find themselves apart during child custody negotiations, the process could become even more difficult for the teens. The custody hearings will play out in a Colorado court and conclude in time. Before a decision happens, parents may want to make things less stressful for the children involved.
Keeping a focus on the young person’s well-being
The “best interests of the child” litmus test stands as the top concern a court traditionally follows. A judge won’t likely make a ruling because it makes a parent feel better. The judge examines whether a parent can provide a safe, loving, financially secure, and overall stable home life.
Ensuring the child has a positive relationship with both parents contributes to the young one’s best interests. If one spouse tries to undermine the relationship between a teen and the other parent, the court may take a dim view of the behavior.
Sadly, some spouses might work hard to harm the relationship between a child and the other parent. True, some parents are both abusive and dangerous. Not every divorce and parent-child relationship involves someone who is a danger to the child. Attempting to get a child to dislike an ex-spouse could cause great harm to the young one.
Issues with the court
Attempts to turn a child against a parent could negatively impact child custody hearings. Such behavior might cause psychological harm to the young person, and the court won’t likely want to see that happen. Even after establishing custody rules, the court may revisit a decision if one parent feels the other is trying to harm the relationship.
Overall, parents benefit from negotiating an arrangement that doesn’t hurt the child’s development. A workable and healthy custody plan may work out for all parties.