What factors can heavily influence child custody decisions?

All child custody cases must focus solely on the best interest of the child. There are many factors that go into determining what meets this standard. In many cases, the parents can work together to determine what to do for the children. In others, the court will have to step in to issue a ruling about custody matters

It might behoove you to learn about the factors that the court will consider when trying to determine what’s best for the children. Some of these include:

Child’s safety and welfare

The court’s primary concern is that the child needs to remain safe and be able to live a healthy life. For this reason, the court looks into any possible child abuse scenarios, as well as how the parents will be able to provide the basic things the child needs. The child’s living accommodations, support system and similar factors all fall under this large category.

Wishes of the child

The court may ask some children, especially if they’re older, what type of custody arrangements they want. While the court won’t automatically default to these wishes, it can often provide the judge with good information about the family’s living situation and the child’s concerns or needs.

Abilities of the parents

The abilities of the parent have to do with how they’re able to support the children, including being able to help the child to build a relationship with their other parent. Their ability to provide a stable and loving home is another consideration. 

Your attorney can help you to review the points that might come into the picture for your case and develop a plan that will help you preserve the relationship you have with your children.

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