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What courts look for to determine child custody

Of all the decisions that need to be made during the process of a divorce, it is not uncommon for the biggest disagreements to be between a divorcing couple and what to do with the children after the divorce. But, on rare occasions a marriage dissolves amicably, allowing both sides to come to an equally agreeable decision. When both sides are willing to work together to share time with the children a court can order a joint custody arrangement.

For most child custody cases, however, the courts will look at various factors to determine who gets custody of the children. So, what factors are taken under consideration when determining child custody?

The primary objective of the courts is to assure that the best interests of the children are met. They will primarily look to determine who takes care of the child: who is in charge of preparing meals, doing homework as well as recreational activities, errands and chores, etc. The courts want to minimize potential changes to a child's life post-divorce, and weigh heavily on the relationship between each child and each parent.

At our law firm, we do our best to help our clients navigate the oftentimes tricky waters around divorce and family law. Whether you need help with child custody, child support, property division, alimony or even post-divorce modifications, our law firm may be able to help. We do our best to listen to your situation and your wants and needs, and then develop a plan to help you try to obtain your wishes in the court. The decisions you make today could have long-term ramifications down the road.

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