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How is Child Custody Determined?

If you are ending your marriage and have children, the matter of child custody will undoubtedly be one of the best heated throughout the process. Although both you and your spouse believe you know what is best for them, family courts have certain standards they must generally follow when determining child custody.

Factors Used to Determine Child Custody

Family courts typically believe it is in a child’s best interests to maintain a meaningful relationship with both parents, which is why custody is usually shared. That said, one parent will still likely be awarded custodial guardianship and, to determine this, a judge will review several factors.

Here are some of the factors used to determine custody:

  • Evidence of domestic abuse or neglect
  • The ability of each parent to provide for their children’s medical care, emotional wellbeing, and physical needs
  • The ability of each parent to give their children a loving home
  • How the children will be impacted by disrupting the current arrangement or continuing it
  • The living accommodations each parent can provide
  • The children’s bond with each parent
  • The wishes of each parent
  • Depending on the age and maturity of the children, their preference may be considered
  • How willing each parent is to support the other’s relationship with the children
  • The overall physical and mental wellbeing of each parent
  • If either parent made false allegations of abuse or neglect against the other
  • Any other factors a judge may consider pertinent to determining child custody

Child custody is one of the most sensitive legal issues most families will ever face, so hire an experienced attorney to take on your case and ensure the best possible results.

Discuss Your Child Custody Case with One of Our Compassionate Family Law Attorneys Today!

Child custody Is a matter that hits close to home for families and can be incredibly challenging to face on your own. At Fait & DiLima, LLP, our family law team is committed to providing compassionate legal support for families involved in child custody disputes. Our attorneys will work tirelessly on your behalf to create personalized legal strategies and solutions that address your concerns and needs. You can rest assured that you will receive the best outcome when you choose to work with us.

Reach out to our legal team today at (301) 888-6384 to schedule an initial case evaluation with one of our experienced child custody attorneys to learn more about what we can do for you during this difficult time.