In the past, when a couple divorced and children were involved, one parent would receive primary custody of the child or children. Today, though, most courts believe that it is in the best interest of the child to have both parents involved and active in their lives.
While this is true, it’s still necessary to consider several factors to determine what is best for the child. Understanding what the court will look at when determining custody can help you know what to expect for your case or situation.
How are child custody determinations made?
Cases involving child custody can be difficult and emotional. Because the most important thing is what is best for the child, the court will look at a few factors when making a decision. Some of these things include:
- Who handles the daily care of the child (cooking meals, putting them to bed, dressing, etc.)?
- Who handles school-related activities?
- Who is involved in disciplining the child?
- Who cares for the child when they are sick and takes them to doctor appointments?
- Who participates in additional activities for or with the child (coaching, clubs, etc.)?
It is worth noting that none of these factors carry more weight than the others and they are all considered and looked at carefully. The goal of the court is to determine which parent is providing most of the child’s care daily.
How can you ensure a fair decision in child custody cases?
When you are going to court for a child custody decision, be sure to bring evidence that shows your involvement in the child’s life. This is going to help your case if you want to play a major role in your child’s life.