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Factors Considered in Child Custody Cases
Parting time is, perhaps, the most emotionally stressful part in the life of a child whose parents are going through a divorce. Those young, innocent eyes watch as their parent’s love for each other falls apart. As difficult as it may be, ending your relationship with your spouse through divorce may be your best recourse. As for your child, you will have to come to an agreement with your spouse on who will have custody.
Mediate.com states that children’s psychological reaction to divorce varies. It depends on how intense and prolonged the conflict was, if any, the children’s relationship with each parent before the separation and the parent’s ability to provide for the needs of the children after the divorce.
Parents are less likely to see these factors objectively; it’s not unusual for most of them to want child custody, particularly if the relationship with their spouse ended up very bad. On the other hand, parents who win custody, often ask their ex-spouse to put in his/her fair share of child support. If you and your spouse could not come to an agreement regarding these matters, the court may decide for you.
The Orlando family court’s primary determinants to resolve issues on custody and visitation are on the child’s “best interests.” Decisions are aimed at providing the child with the best chances for happiness and security, and an environment conducive to his/her mental health and emotional development. Some of the factors courts consider for a sound custody judgment are:
-The parent’s mental, physical, and emotional health,
-Support of the members of either parent’s extended families,
-Each parent’s approval for a child continuous relationship with the other,
-The parent’s willingness to honor an agreed visitation schedule,
-The child’s adjustment to community, and
-Parental involvement to the child’s activities outside home.
While these may seem clear-cut in writing, reality can be much more ambiguous with too many details coming into play. To give you the legal guidance that you will need, consult an experienced divorce attorney from McMichen, Cinami and Demps. Our attorneys will help give your child the best custody arrangement, with his or her well-being as the primary focus.