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Common Child Custody Issues
- Establish Child Custody
- Parenting Plans
- Child Custody Enforcement
- Modify Child Custody
- Custody Petition Responses
- Relocation Petition
- Terminate Child Custody
- Emergency Custody Hearings
When a child custody case is brought to the court, the court will try to accommodate the best interest of the child and choose the environment that offers the most stability.
Some factors courts will take into consideration during a divorce that includes child custody are:
• The child's age, sex, and mental and physical health
• The parent's mental and physical health
• The parent's lifestyle
• Any history of child abuse
• The emotional bond between the parent and child
• The parent's ability to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing, and medical care
• The child's regular routine
• The quality of the child's education
• The child's preference, if the child is above a certain age (this is usually around age 12)
• The ability and willingness of the parent to encourage communication and contact between the child and the other parent
The court may also conduct a Child Custody Evaluation. An evaluation usually consists of interviews, psychological exams, and analysis of the children, and perhaps the parents.
• The court has the ability to deny a parent’s request for an evaluation.
• Parents may be liable for the cost of the evaluation.