Child Custody: Determining the best outcome for you and your children.
We realize your children are one of the most important areas of your life, so we will do everything we can to ensure you receive the best custody resolution for your children.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on a favorable custody agreement, the decision will be left up to the Court.
First and foremost, the main consideration when awarding custody is the child’s best interests. The following are also typically taken into consideration when granting custody:
- who has been the child’s primary caregiver,
- child’s age,
- child’s gender,
- child’s physical and mental health,
- parents’ physical and mental health,
- parents’ lifestyles,
- history of abuse,
- emotional bonds between the parent and child,
- parent’s ability to give the child guidance,
- parent’s ability to provide the basic necessities, such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care,
- child’s routines, including home, school, community and religious,
- willingness of the parent to encourage a healthy, on-going relationship between the child and the other parent and
- if the child is above a certain age, the child’s preference.
In most cases, a consideration of these factors results in awarding custody to the parent who has been the child’s PRIMARY caretaker.