Courts usually prefer that divorcing couples try to work out their child custody issues without going to trial and then submit a parenting plan for a judge to review and approve. Otherwise, the court will have no choice but to step in and make child custody decisions for them. While there is no one-size-fits-all template that courts use when determining a child’s best interests, generally, courts will consider these factors when they evaluate custody cases:
- Each parent’s wishes regarding custody
- Each parent’s willingness and ability to do their jobs as a parent to their children
- The children’s need for connection and a meaningful relationship with their parents
- Which parent could more likely foster regular, meaningful, and continuing contact with the non-custodial parent
- The children’s relationship and interaction with both parents, siblings, and other individuals could impact the best interests of the children
- The children’s adjustment and attachment to home, community, and school
- The physical and mental health of all parties, including the children
- Either parent’s relocation plans for the children
- If there’s a history of domestic abuse
- The children’s preferences or wishes regarding their custody
It is also important to note that in cases involving children with special needs or accommodations, courts usually prefer giving custody to the parent who is the child’s primary caretaker.
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If you have any concerns or questions about child custody or an existing child custody order, do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at Aramjoo Law Firm. You can make an appointment with our experienced child custody lawyer in Liberty by filling out our online form or calling our office at 816-542-2996.
Child Custody FAQs
Can I Change a Child Custody Order?
Yes. However, you will have to convince the court that the modification is necessary because it is in the best interest of your child as well as a change in circumstances existing.
Who Pays Child Support?
The court often orders the parent with less time pay child support. There are many changes in child support laws. Recently a large consideration as to who pays has been who receives the greater income.
Does the Court Consider the Children’s Wishes when Determining Custody?
Yes. But this will also depend on the child’s age and the unique circumstances of the case. The court will have to ensure that the wishes of the child are not due to a parent’s undue influence.