Divorce can be a difficult time for children and parents alike. One worry that divorcing parents may have is how child custody will be determined. It is useful to be familiar with child custody factors used to determine child custody.
How child custody is determined during divorce
Child custody determinations are based on a host of factors that are used to determine what is in the best interests of the child including:
- The home and school history of the child;
- The continuity of the child’s situation;
- The mental, physical and moral statuses of the parents;
- The permanence of the child’s proposed home;
- The ability of the parents to provide for the child;
- The existing ties, love and affection between the child and each of its parents;
- The involvement of each of the parents in the child’s life including with their friends, teachers and extracurricular activities;
- If each parent will cooperate and encourage the child’s contact with the other parent;
- If each parent will be reasonable in accommodating any changes that need to be made;
- If each of the parents will honor the time-sharing schedule;
- How parental responsibilities will be shared following the divorce including if parental responsibilities will be performed by a third party; and
- Any domestic violence
Determining child custody during divorce can be difficult and can take an emotional toll on the parents and families. The goal is for the outcome to always be a child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of that child. To that end, it is helpful for divorcing parents to be familiar with how child custody decisions are evaluated.