When a couple decides to end their marriage, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration. When the couple getting divorced has children together, they will have an added layer of matters to address, which can, of course, be very emotional and complex. One of the most emotional factors in a divorce is determining custody.
The biggest fears that a parent will face in a custody battle is that they may not be able to see their child as much as they used to. In some cases, parents can be deemed “unfit to parent,” and a sole custody arrangement will be awarded. Of course, there are a number of different factors that are taken into consideration when making a decision as important as custody.
Some of the factors that the court will consider in determining a custody award include:
- Each parent’s ability to provide a stable household
- The child’s psychological, physical, and educational needs
- Any special needs the child has
- Each parent’s history of physical abuse, substance abuse, or criminal history
- Which parent cared for the child more before the divorce
- Each parent’s ability to provide for the child
- The age and health of the child
After assessing these factors, the court will be able to determine an appropriate custody award. In some cases, the child may be old enough to have their opinion considered as well. If you have questions about child custody, contact our firm today.
If you require compassionate and knowledgeable legal guidance for a matter of divorce or family law, please contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley today.