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Child custody is often one of the most contentious issues when two parents decide that they will no longer parent together. Courts want parents to make custody decisions outside of court, working together or with a mediator to create a parenting plan. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for parents to agree and courts may need to get involved. Each state has its own child custody laws, but all state laws focus on doing what is in the best interests of the child. This usually means allowing the child some continued access to both parents, while looking at other factors, such as who can provide the best and most stable home. This section contains articles and answers to frequently asked questions on various issues surrounding child custody and parental agreements.