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Child Custody Considerations

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If you wish to fight for exclusive physical child custody, that is certainly within your right. The key legal standard when deciding child custody is what's in the best interest of the child. Each state has different additional laws and guidelines governing child custody, but these are the factors divorce courts typically rely on in deciding custody disputes during divorce:

  • Parents' ability to communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child
  • Willingness of the parents to accept custody
  • Any history of unwillingness to allow child visitation
  • Relationship between the child, parents and siblings
  • Any history of domestic violence
  • Safety of the child
  • Either parent's safety from physical abuse
  • Preference of the child
  • Child's needs
  • Stability of the home environment
  • Quality and continuity of the child's education
  • Parents' fitness
  • Geographic proximity of the parents' homes
  • Quality of the time spent with the child before and after the separation
  • Parents' employment responsibilities
  • Number of children and ages

Speak with a Divorce Attorney about Child Custody Considerations

Interpretation of what's in the best interest of child varies in divorce courts. Divorce laws in your state outline guidelines the divorce court should consider when making child custody arrangements. Speak to a local divorce lawyer to learn how your relationship with your child may be affected by child custody laws and guidelines. Locate a divorce attorney near you by filling out a divorce case review form or call 877-349-1310 to get in touch with a divorce lawyer in your area.

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