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Child custody likely to receive attention in Josh Lucas divorce

In a typical day, kids' worries might include getting to the right school bus on time, not getting chocolate milk in the school cafeteria or not getting an "A" on the most recent spelling test. Adjusting to a completely new home life following their parents' divorce adds an entirely new level of stress to the lives of young children. They may be particularly worried about losing the opportunity to spend quality time with one parent if the other parent ends up being awarded primary custody. However, a court in Nevada ultimately must make its child custody decisions based on its perception of the children's best interests.

In one recent out-of-state case, actor Josh Lucas divorced his wife, Jessica Ciencin Henriquez. The pair had been married for two years. They reportedly met at a dog park about three years ago.

The movie actor, who starred in "Sweet Home Alabama," and his wife were engaged just six weeks after first meeting. They then married in the spring of 2012. They soon gave birth to a boy a few months after getting married.

When a couple divorces, both parties generally have an equal right to seek custody of their child and thus reserve the right to seek guardianship of him or her. Still, a court in Nevada will ultimately determine who will end up with custody, based on factors such as the child's relationship with each parent as well as the child's overall well-being. The parents' wishes and their mental and physical health will also be taken into consideration. Overall, the best interests of the child is the primary focus in child custody proceedings.

Source: Picayune-Times, Josh Lucas' Wife Files for Divorce, No author, Jan. 25, 2014

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