Child custody is among the most important issues parents deal with in divorce, perhaps the most important. For this reason, child custody disputes can often become quite contentious and can serve as a point of major polarization for parties. When this occurs, the natural reaction of parents is to advocate for my rights as a parent, my time with the children, my qualifications as a parent.
There isn't necessarily anything wrong with this up to a point, but advocacy for parents needs to be put in proper context. What is the proper context in child custody cases?
Quite simply, it is the children, and not the parents. In child custody cases, the overriding concern of the court system is to ensure that the custody arrangement is in the best interests of the children.