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How do the courts decide on child custody cases?

Deciding on child custody cases can be a complex process; however, there is one clear standard that all judges abide to. This is that all child custody cases must rule in the best interests of the child in question. Therefore, there are a great deal of investigative processes that can occur to ensure that this standard is being kept.

This standard goal sounds quite simple; however, there are many complex factors that must be considered to ensure that all rulings are done in the best interests of the child. The following are some of the most important factors that are taken into consideration.

What are the abilities of each custodian to be good parents?

Judges typically look at the parenting abilities of each custodian. If one parent has shown evidence of supporting the child in extracurricular activities, holding down full parental responsibilities and expressing love and care, they will be highly favored over a parent that is late to pick up their kids from school, and holds other activities in priority over their care.

Is the child safe in the care of the custodian in question?

Emotional and physical safety is always the top priority of the court. If there is evidence that a child is at risk of abuse, or at risk of witnessing abuse, it is almost certain that he or she will be protected from this at all costs.

Does the parent care about his or her child's best interests?

As a parent filing for custody, it is important that you show the courts that you are looking out for your child's needs first and foremost, rather than your own.

Contact one of our family law attorneys at the Quinn Law Firm if you have questions or would like to learn more.  We can be reached at 814.833.2222 or online at www.quinnfirm.com.

Source: The Spruce, "Understand the "Best Interests of the Child" Standard," accessed Jan. 11, 2018

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