Basic factors judges look at when determining child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

As Missouri parents go through the divorce process, one of the main things on their minds has to do with who will get a legal custody of the children. Judges always have the best interests of the children in mind as they are making determinations about who will be granted custody of the children.

The ages of the children will likely be considered. Most courts want to maintain consistency for the children, especially if they are quite young. It is possible for courts to look at alternative arrangements as the children grow older. The judge will likely ask each parent about their preferences as far as custody of their children are concerned. This does not mean that their wishes will be granted, but it is likely that they will be taken into consideration.

Several things will be looked at when it comes to a judge giving a parent custody. For one thing, the judge will likely look at the health of the parent, both their physical and mental health. They will also look at the quality of the relationship between the parent and the children with the goal of protecting the parent-child relationship. Some character witnesses may be called in on behalf of each parent.

The ability of the parent to provide for the needs of their children will also be considered. They will look at whether the parent will be able to provide appropriate living accommodations, medical care and education. The ability for the child to adjust to a new environment will also be looked at.

When a parent is seeking custody of their children, they need to be aware of the laws that pertain to legal custody in their state. A family law may be able to help individuals learn more about what to expect in their specific case and find out more about visitation, child custody solutions and parenting time.

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