During divorce proceedings, diverse topics can cause disputes between parents and take an emotional toll on the family, such as child custody. The involved parties can have conflicting opinions on the child’s life and welfare. These disputes can lead to severe stress on the parents and the rest of their family.
To deal with these complex circumstances, a judge can interfere. They can evaluate the situation and review facts in court before making a fair decision. Undergoing this process can also address and de-escalate disputes. Additionally, the judge uses various factors when finalizing child custody decisions, including the following:
- Details surrounding the child’s living situation, including their connections with other family members and changes to their life, such as school
- Preferences of the parents and the child, if mature enough to express them
- Physical, mental and moral wellness of the child and the parents
- The capacity of each parent to comply with the issued custody order, including parenting time arrangements and support payments
- Details reflecting each parent’s ability to nurture and provide, such as criminal history and other records
- Other factors considered relevant by the court including plans to relocate and a history of abuse or violence in the household
Courts can also order additional evaluations to gather adequate information before finalizing the order.
Making appropriate decisions to benefit the child
Regarding child custody matters, a judge’s decision can hinge on whether it benefits the child. Even if the child or one of the parents has preferences, a judge might choose a different route based on the information presented in court. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution when finalizing custody arrangements. The outcome can significantly depend on the child’s best interests.