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How Do Family Courts Determine Child Custody?

Child-related decisions, such as custody and support, are based on the best interests of the child. There are several factors that fall under this broad umbrella and family courts are often given a bit of discretion when rendering such decisions. If you are vying for custody of your children, you should understand these factors, so you are better prepared in court.

The Best Interests of the Child

There is a vast array of factors that a judge will examine to determine the best interests of a child and render a decision that protects those interests.

Here are some crucial factors examined in a child custody dispute:

  • The ability of each parent to provide for the child’s medical care, emotional needs, and physical needs.
  • The living accommodations of each parent and whether or not a room will be provided for the child or if space must be shared.
  • The overall mental and physical wellbeing of each parent.
  • How much the child may have to adjust to the child custody arrangement. For example, will the child have to change schools?
  • A judge may consider the preferences of an older, more mature child.
  • The relationship the child has with each parent.
  • If one parent was considered the primary caregiver during the marriage.
  • The preferences of each parent.
  • The willingness of each parent to support one another’s relationship with the child.
  • Confirmed evidence of neglect, domestic violence, or abuse.
  • False allegations of abuse or neglect.

If there are other pertinent factors that are unique to your case, a judge will examine these as well and factor it into the child custody arrangement.

Reach Out to a Compassionate Family Law Attorney to Discuss Your Child Custody Case

Child custody is one of the most delicate legal matters a family will ever endure. If you are in the middle of a child custody dispute, it is essential to consult with an experienced family law attorney to ensure the best possible results. At Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C., our family law team is backed by nearly 35 years of combined legal experience and is dedicated to guiding clients through child custody disputes since 2006. You can rely on our attorneys to protect your child’s best interests.

Call our law office today at (281) 612-5443 to set up an initial consultation with one of our family law attorneys to discuss your child custody case and learn more about what we can do for you.