It is not uncommon for people who spend a lot of time together to have disagreements. Spouses, dating partners, siblings and parents and their children can all butt heads over a variety of issues. Most often, these disputes end with harsh words and bitter feelings and the damage heals over time. In some instances, though, these disagreements turn into physical altercations. When this happens, allegations of criminal wrongdoing can be raised. Failing to aggressively defend one's self against such charges may result in the imposition of serious penalties.
Child custody and visitation agreements are often the most prized and contentious items in family law. Most people love their children and will do anything to protect them. Issues can arise, though, when individuals differ over what they think is best for their child. When those differences can't be resolved through informal discussions, then the matter must be taken to court so that a judge can decide what type of arrangement supports the child's best interests.