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Are you going through a child custody dispute and wondering how a final decision will be made? While there is not a formula that will let you know what the outcome will be, there are several factors that help a judge make a final determination. Here are some of the things a judge will consider.
Who Is The Primary Caregiver?
A judge is going to look at who the primary caregiver is. This is actually a variety of factors that get looked at together and can include things like who is taking the child to medical appointments, picking them up from school, cooking, and helping with homework. Parents that have previously done more in the marriage to care for their child are likely to be awarded child custody because it is already a natural part of what they have been doing for years.
What Is The Home Environment Like?
The environment that is best for the child is always going to be a factor when trying to determine child custody. If one parent will be getting the house that they lived in during the marriage, having that same physical home can be a big factor since it keeps things the same for the child's primary residence. However, there are also factors like which parent will provide a more nurturing environment for the child over time and allow them to thrive.
What Is The Child's Community Like?
Much like with the child's home, the community they will be living in is a big factor to consider. Living in the same area and being close to the same friends will allow the least amount of disruption for a child and help provide them with a positive community. Meanwhile, there may be a situation where it will be better for a child to leave their current community, such as if the child's safety is a concern. If the child's school district will change by being with one parent, that can also be a factor since it seriously disrupts the child's life to change schools due to a divorce.
What Special Needs Does The Child Have?
If you have a special needs child, a big factor in a custody battle is who can address the child's needs in the best way possible. This can include having the time to care for the child or being better at handling the everyday stresses that come with having a special needs child.
To learn more, contact a child custody attorney.