Child custody is often the most difficult issue to resolve during a divorce. A father used to tucking a child in bed every night may only be able to do so two nights a week. A mother used to monitoring the child's diet, and homework might worry about a disruption of that routine. If the parents do not handle the issue well, the child may suffer as a result. The role of the family court is to see that any arrangement agreed upon or determined in a trial is in the best interests of the child. My role as an attorney in child custody proceedings is to help my client negotiate a parenting plan that provides maximum, high-quality time between my client and his/her child.