When parents get divorced, they must determine what’s going to happen with the children they share. This isn’t always easy, but many parents can work as a team to come up with a parenting plan that reflects the child’s needs. There are some instances in which the court has to determine what’s best for the children.
There isn’t one answer that’s right for all child custody matters. Instead, the court will consider what is in the best interests of the children. Several points go into determining this, so the court needs to look at all of them. Some of these points include:
- Any history of familial problems: One of the first things that the court will normally consider is whether there are instances of neglect, abuse or domestic violence. Courts won’t award custody to parents who have been found to have done any of these. The parent may be given supervised visitation.
- Each parent’s ability to provide a stable home: This doesn’t have to do with the finances. Instead, it has to do with how likely it is that the parent will be able to care for the child, which includes the parent’s ability to offer emotional support during the transition phase of the custody case.
- Each parent’s ability to provide suitable care for the child: The living accommodations are also important, so you’ll have to find out what the court will look for in this matter. The standard of living the child is accustomed to might be considered, as will each parent’s mental and physical capacity to handle childcare responsibilities.
Other factors might also come into the picture. Every family’s circumstances are different, so be sure to discuss your case with your attorney to find out what might matter for you.