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How is child custody determined when parents divorce?

On Behalf of | Nov 12, 2021 | Family Law |

One common topic of concern during divorce is child custody which is why it is helpful to parents to know what to expect from the process and how child custody is decided. Divorce can be difficult on parents, children and families and family law resources are available to help with concerns like child custody.

How is child custody determined?

The primary consideration when determining child custody is what is best for the child. What is best for each child may be different so different factors are used to determine what child custody arrangement and parenting plan is best for the child. Factors that may be considered include:

  • The ability of each of the parents to maintain a stable and loving relationship with the child;
  • The ability of each of the parents to provide for the basic needs of the child;
  • The ability of each of the parents to be involved in the education needs of the child;
  • The ability of each of the parents to exercise good judgment; and
  • The ability of each of the parents to financially support the child.

Once these factors are taken into account, and evaluated, the family law court will determine what child custody arrangement will be best for the child and a parenting plan will be worked out based on that. The parenting plan will include where the child will live; which parent the child will live with; how decisions concerning the child will be made; and how any future concerns between the parents will be resolved. It is always important to keep what is best for the child in focus as parents navigate child custody and other divorce-related concerns during their divorce.