6 Factors the Court Considers in Child Custody Cases

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6 Factors in Custody

Going through a child custody dispute is extremely difficult. We get it. Relationships don’t always end well, and co-parenting is hard to do, especially if you have an ex with mental health issues or a controlling personality. The Court’s goal in a custody dispute is to determine what is in the best interest of the child. Of course, that is debatable and one of the reasons having a skilled family law attorney can make all of the difference in your case. Information is power. Below are 6 factors the Court considers when determining what is in the best interest of your child in a custody dispute.

  1. The health of both parents – both physically and mentally
  2. Who has been the child’s primary caretaker – who takes them to daycare, doctor’s appointments, makes their meals, puts them to bed, gets them ready in the morning?
  3. Evidence of parental abuse or extreme discipline
  4. Evidence of substance abuse – alcohol or drug use
  5. Changes to the Child’s Life – will the child’s school change? Friends?
  6. Siblings – will the determination tear siblings apart? Will there be opportunities to continue fostering those relationships?

The law is not black and white. You need an attorney to help guide you through the process. Our family law team gives you straightforward advice without all the jargon and hassle. If you are going through a custody matter or looking to modify your custody arrangement, call us today at 605-777-1772. You’ve fought enough. Let us help.

*This blog is for general informational purposes and is not intended to give legal advice. Please consult with an attorney about your situation.

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