Past data has shown that many people decide to get married before having
children. A new study is showing that many people are having children
while cohabitating with another person, instead of getting married, deviating
from the past trend. Whatever this increase in children from cohabitation
relationships is caused by, it is important to remember that there are
still options for parents if they are to split up.
child custody can still be determined, or even shared by either parent. If a relationship
ends, but the couple was never married, child custody agreements can still
be worked out. Judges will often use discretion to determine what will
be in the best interest of the child.
While many child custody disputes do take place during a divorce, they
can still take place between two parents that are not married. Couples
that cohabitated and have children love them very much. It is important
that if the couple breaks up that they respect the fact that both parents
want what's right for the children.
Just because two people decide to no longer to live together, doesn't
mean they can't raise their children together. Many times agreements
can be reached that allow both parents to share custody of the children.
However, some Poughkeepsie child custody cases can get complicated. If
that happens, it might be a wise decision to speak with an experienced
child custody attorney. They can help each parent understand their rights
and work toward an agreement that is right for everyone involved.
Source: USA Today, "More children born to unmarried parents," Sharon Jayson, April 12, 2012