It could mean many things when a parent avoids a legal fight in court for child custody. To identify a few things, it could mean:
- that the parent does not want custody of the child or doesn’t care to litigate the matter.
- that the parent believes there is no hope that he/she can prevail in the case because of various factors, such as
- being unable to afford a competent lawyer
- the judge’s, guardian ad litem’s, custody evaluator’s, DCFS’s, and/or law enforcement’s, etc. insurmountable bias against and animus for that party
- the opposing party taking a scorched-earth approach to the litigation that includes doing and saying anything to win without regard for truth, decency, and/or the child’s best interest.
- that the parent agrees with the other parent’s position on what the child custody award should be.
- that the parent is not aware that there is pending child custody litigation involving that parent.
There could be other reason, but these are the most common, in my experience.
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