Whenever parents their relationship, the biggest consideration will be
what happens to their children. While it is generally considered best
for a child to have a relationship with both of their parents, the nature
of a separation generally means that these relationship will drastically
change. Before finalizing a child custody and visitation order, the judge
will determine whether or not what is outlined is in the best interests
of the child.
What is considered to be in the best interests of a child?
Child custody decisions are no easy matter. There are so many things to
consider, and the court is seeking to take every possible step to minimize
negative repercussions. In New York, judges are encouraged to consider
all of the details of the case before making any decision.
Judges will look at the following:
- Health of the parents
- Relationships with other family members
- Ability to care for the child
- Co-parenting abilities of the parents
- Allegations of domestic violence
The custody agreement decided on by the court may not always be in a family's
best interest. The court will examine the lives of the parents when making
this decision, but the judgment of a family may not be a true reflection
of their situation. In order to truly decide a custody agreement that
is in the child's best interests, parents should consider drafting
their own custody arrangement for the court to approve. This will give
them control over their agreement and the ability to create plan that
works for every member of the family.
If you are concerned about the custody of your child or if you need help
developing a custody arrangement, you should consult with a compassionate
legal professional. When you hire an attorney from The Verdone Law Firm, P.C., you can have
peace of mind. Call today for a
free consultation and learn how our services can help you!