Child custody can be an overwhelming concern during divorce and create anxiety on both sides. If you are a parent going through a divorce and are worried about what your child custody arrangement might look like, it can be helpful to be familiar with how child custody is determined.
Factors used to determine child custody
There are several factors that are used to determine what child custody arrangement will be in the child’s best interests. The child’s best interests are key to determining which child custody plan will be decided on and approved by the family law court. Factors used to determine child custody include:
- The age and sex of the child.
- The wishes of the parents.
- The wishes of the child if the child is at least 14 years old.
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with their parents and with their siblings or step-siblings. The child’s interaction and relationship with any other individual that might significantly impact the child’s best interests can also be taken into account.
- The child’s adjustment to their home, school and community.
- The mental and physical health of the individuals involved in the child custody arrangement.
- If there is any evidence of a pattern of domestic abuse or family violence by either of the parents.
- If there is any evidence that the child has been cared for by another custodian.
Other factors may also be considered by the family law court. Parents who are going through the divorce process may have a variety of concerns and questions related to child custody and what child custody will look like for them.
The answer is that it will be based on what is best for the child and that family law resources can help them navigate setting up a child custody arrangement that will accomplish that.