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The "best interests" of children in child custody cases

In a divorce, parents may sometimes resolve the issue of who will get custody outside of the courtroom through negotiations and agreement. At other times, a New York family court judge makes the child custody decision. Either way, the main focus in every custody case is a solution that will be in the child's "best interests," which is a significant and meaningful phrase.

How to answer a divorce petition

When a divorce petition is filed with a New York court, the petitioner -- typically via his or her attorney -- ensures that it is served. Legally, this means that the divorce petition has been delivered to the other spouse. The spouse who has been served this is known as the "defendant" or "respondent" in the divorce process. The defendant must answer this petition within an allotted amount of time -- usually around three weeks.

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