These may take the form of round-trip letters between lawyers and/or a meeting between the parties` lawyers, with or without the parties actually present. The best possible result is that the parties reach an agreement so that they do not have to go to court. Once an agreement has been reached, a minute of agreement will be established by one of the lawyers, which will then be adopted between the lawyers until both parties have reviewed and negotiated and are satisfied with the conditions. It`s hard not to involve children in arguments. However, parents should remember that there are two parents who both need to put aside their own feelings and take precautions that take into account what is in the best interests of the child. Most couples who separate are able to arrange and agree on custody of the children – where they will live and how often the non-resident parent will be in contact. These agreements are concluded either by the couple themselves or with the help of lawyers or other mediators. These agreements are sometimes set out within a minute of agreement, as indicated in this note in the previous sections. If there is no agreement and the cases need to be settled in court, the court will not simply take into account the views of the parents (although they may take into account the negative or harmful behaviour of the parents if it is in the best interests of the child). Depending on the age of the children, their views may be taken into consideration. The older a child is, the more he has a say, where he lives and what is the contact with the other parent. Child custody court proceedings are often employed by independent forensic journalists (often lawyers themselves) and/or social workers who examine the entire context of the case and the child`s life, which can be quite traumatic for children. It`s always best to make an amicable settlement for the children, either face-to-face or by asking your lawyer to negotiate the issue with the other party`s lawyer.
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