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How is Child Custody Determined?

Child-related matters are among some of the most emotionally challenging legal issues for parents during the divorce process. If you are getting divorced, it is important to understand how such decisions are rendered in court, so you have a better idea of what to anticipate throughout your case. Continue reading to learn more about the factors a judge will consider when determining child custody.

The Best Interests of the Children

Child custody is based on the best interests of the children, which encompasses a vast number of important factors.

Here are some of the factors a judge will review:

  • The ability of each parent to provide for the emotional wellness, physical needs, and medical care of the children.
  • Each parent’s living accommodations.
  • How much the children will have to adjust if they change school environments or neighborhoods.
  • The mental and physical wellbeing of both parents and the children.
  • The preference of each parent.
  • The preference of the children (if they are old enough and mature enough).
  • Confirmed evidence of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.
  • Any false allegations of domestic violence by either parent against the other.
  • If either parent has provided most of the child care up until this point.
  • The age of the children.

Generally, in most cases, a judge will refrain from causing too much disruption for children and aim for maintaining consistency in their lives since it is believed that stability serves their best interests.

Schedule an Initial Consultation with an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today!

If you are faced with a difficult child custody dispute, the legal team at the Law Office of Jody L. Fisher can provide the compassionate legal guidance you need to smoothly navigate it. Our team understands the difficulties parents deal with during this process and will fight to protect your interests and the interests of your children.

Reach out to our law office today at (352) 503-4111 to set up an initial case review with our knowledgeable attorney to discuss the details of your child custody case.

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