Couples divorce for any number of reasons. However, some reasons are commonly cited: communication failures, disagreements over money and the challenges of raising children.
Paternity issues are similar to other family law legal matters, in that they are serious issues affecting the long-term well being of children, and the courts will treat them seriously.
The central inquiry in child custody matters is "what is in the best interest of the child?" Courts use this as the primary basis for making decisions about custody when parents cannot come to an agreement on their own. Parents who are negotiating an agreement on their own should use the best interest of their child as the starting point for their negotiation, also.