How is Child Custody Determined?

Child custody

Just as no two divorces are identical, child-related matters, such as child custody, are also inherently unique. If you are in the middle of a child custody dispute, it is important to have an understanding of the factors a judge will typically look at before rendering this major decision. Continue reading to learn more about how child custody is determined.

Child Custody and Divorce

Family courts typically believe both parents should remain involved in the lives of their children. That said, one parent will likely be awarded more time with the children, also known as custodial guardianship. To work out an arrangement that serves the best interests of the children, a judge will closely review a range of factors, which are collectively referred to as the best interests of the children.

Below are the factors that fall under this vast umbrella:

  • The physical and mental health of both parents.
  • The preference of the parents. In some cases, if the children are old enough and mature enough, their preference may be considered as well.
  • The strength of the bond between the children and each parent.
  • The age, gender, and physical and mental health of the children.
  • The children’s current quality of education.
  • The impact a change in living circumstances may have on the children.
  • The ability of each parent to provide the children with a stable and loving home, clothing, food, shelter, and medical care.
  • If both parents are willing to support one another’s relationship with the children.
  • Allegations of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.
  • If either parent made false allegations of abuse or neglect.
  • Any other factors a judge may deem important when rendering this decision.

During your custody case, it is important to demonstrate an openness to cooperating with your co-parent, so try to avoid turning this emotionally charged situation into a battle.

Reach Out to Our Compassionate Family Law Attorney for the Guidance You Need!

Child-related matters are very sensitive, which is why it is especially important to hire a skilled family law attorney to represent your case. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, our family law attorney is backed by more than three decades of experience, so you can rest assured your case will be in good hands and your interests will be protected.

Call our law office today at (805) 633-4999 to set up a free case evaluation with our compassionate child custody attorney to learn more about your legal options and how we can help.

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