Child Custody Considerations

If 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 c
  • 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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