Child Custody Considerations

f you wish to fight for exclusive physical child custody, that is certainly within your right. The key legal standard when deciding child custody is what’s in the best interest of the child. Each state has different additional laws and guidelines governing child custody, but these are the factors divorce courts typically rely on in deciding custody disputes during divorce:

Parents’ ability to communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child
Willingness of the parents to accept custody
Any history of unwillingness to allow child visitation
Relationship between the child, parents and siblings
Any history of domestic violence
Safety of the child
Either parent’s safety from physical abuse
Preference of the child
Child’s needs
Stability of the home environment
Quality and continuity of the child’s education
Parents’ fitness
Geographic proximity of the parents’ homes
Quality of the time spent with the child before and after the separation
Parents’ employment responsibilities
Number of children and ages

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