When you and your co-parent enter the divorce process, you either agree on child-related issues or oppose one another. Unfortunately, the latter is typically the norm in most divorces.
Those with wealth often believe it will ensure a bid for sole custody succeeds. In past eras, perhaps so, but modern family courts make decisions that serve the child’s best interests. Often, wealth is one of the contributing factors that has the least influence with the court.
What do best interests mean in family law?
Courts seek stability for children while identifying a custody arrangement that preserves their physical and psychological health. Although there is no formal list of these interests, judges examine several factors to fulfill the best interests standard. Examples include the following:
- The age and gender of the child
- Whether the child has special needs
- The physical and mental health of both parents
- The custody wishes of the child (when mature enough)
- Which parent is best positioned to address any special needs
- Any evidence of drug or alcohol abuse involving either parent
- Any evidence of domestic violence or physical abuse involving either parent
Typically, the main goal in child custody proceedings is to create a visitation schedule that ensures continued health and mental well-being for kids of divorce. Although the family court handling your custody case may get it right, don’t take a chance. The right lawyer can help you make certain your position is well protected.