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3 factors that determine child custody arrangements

| Jul 14, 2021 | Firm News

Going through a divorce is not easy and figuring out a fair child custody arrangement adds another layer to the process.

Each case is unique, and the courts can tailor the custody arrangements to accommodate your specific situation. Among others, the following factors play a large role in determining the custody arrangement.

1. Best interest of the child

Your child can experience upheaval due to the divorce, even if you take steps like nesting to minimize disruptions. The court will examine the home environment and consider any allegations of abuse when making a determination. This process can help ensure that your child lives in a stable and supportive environment.

2. Age and capabilities of the child

Your child’s age and capabilities are a crucial component of the custody arrangement. If your child can state their wishes, then the court will take that into account. A teenager who can drive may prefer a more flexible arrangement, as he or she can travel between the two households more readily than a child in elementary school.

3. Parent’s willingness to work together

If you and your former partner are willing to work together to come to an agreement, this can facilitate the process. Although you may not agree on every aspect, demonstrating a willingness to work together reflects well on both parties. This cooperation can help your child adjust to the divorce more readily.

While you and your former partner may no longer want to be together, it is important to work together to find a solution that keeps your child’s best interests in mind.