Despite a couple’s best efforts, sometimes a marriage ultimately
cannot survive. If you have children, this will make matters even more
challenging for your family since, for many, child
custody is one of the most contentious issues. Understanding how child custody
decisions are made, however, may help you navigate your case more smoothly.
Determining Child Custody in Divorce
Every parent believes they have their children’s best interests at
heart, but how parents define those interests compared to how the court
defines them may very well differ.
Here are the factors family courts often consider before making a decision
regarding child custody:
- The preferences of both parents
- The ability of each parent to care for the children’s emotional,
medical, and physical needs
- The ability of each parent to provide a loving and stable home environment
- The living accommodations of each parent’s home
- The willingness of each parent to support the children’s ongoing
relationship with the other parent
- If the children are mature enough, their wishes may be considered
- The impact changing the current custody arrangement may have on the children
- The level of attachment the children feel to their current environment,
including their school, neighborhood, and home
- The mental and physical health of each parent and the children
- If one parent has served as the children’s primary caregiver up until
- Any confirmed allegations of neglect, abuse, or domestic violence
- Any false claims of abuse or neglect brought by either parent
- Any other details pertinent to determining child custody
Judges are given a considerable amount of discretion when determining custody
and, since every family is unique, there may be more or fewer factors
used to achieve a resolution for your case.
Speak to a Knowledgeable Child Custody Attorney About Your Case Today!
If you are ending your marriage and have children, you need to do what
you can to protect your rights as a parent. At the Law Office of Kathryn
family law team is skilled in guiding families through this emotionally charged process.
Our attorneys have more than three decades of combined legal experience
and a proven track record of successful results, so you can trust our
ability to represent you during this challenging time.
Reach out to our law office today at (713) 936-2300 to schedule an initial case evaluation with one
of our attorneys. You do not have to go through this on your own.