Working out a child support arrangement with the other parent that is best for your child can be a challenging situation to be in. For that reason, it is helpful for couples hashing out child custody details to be familiar with how child custody is determined and the factors used to determine child custody.
Child custody factors used to determine child custody
Each child custody arrangement put in place must be in the best interests of the child. The family law court can help parents reach a child custody arrangement that is best for the child and will use several factors to help them determine what that is. Provided that it is what is best for the child, the family law court will typically approve a child custody arrangement agreed to by the parents. If the parents are unable to resolve child custody, the family law court can help.
The family law court has leeway to consider factors it thinks impacts what is best for the child. Priority will be given to factors that impact the child’s safety or well-being. Some of the factors considered will focus on the child such as the child’s relationship with its siblings. The focus will favor an interest in maintaining continuity in the child’s family life, community and education.
Other factors the family law court may consider when determining child custody may focus on the parents. Factors focused on the parents can include which parent is more able to care for the child’s daily physical, emotional, developmental and educational needs. The family law court may also evaluate which parent is most likely to be able to care for any special needs of the child. Also considered may be which parent is more likely to create and maintain a loving, stable and nurturing relationship with the child.
Child custody certainly plays an important role in many children’s lives and in the lives of many parents and families. Because of its importance, it is helpful for parents to be familiar with the factors used to determine child custody.