How Does The Court Decide Who Gets The Children?
In making any decision regarding how much time a child will spend with either parent, or which parent will have primary custody, the court will always make that determination based upon the “best interests” of the child standard. In using the “best interests” standard, a court will look carefully at both parents in order to determine if there are any factors that make it better for the child to spend more time with one parent than the other. For example, if the mother has an 80 hour per week job and the father works part-time, that would be an important factor. In addition, any issues that either parent has related to a substance abuse problem, present or past criminal activity or any other type of unstable lifestyle will be carefully evaluated.
Additional Child Custody FAQs
- What Happens To Custody When One Parent Needs To Relocate?
- Can Grandparents Have Visitation With Their Grandchildren If Their Son Or Daughter Is Divorced From The Other Parent?
- Can The State Terminate A Parent's Rights Over Their Children?
- Can My Parental Rights Be Terminated While I Am In Jail?
Family Law Sub-categories
Emancipation of Minors