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How Is Child Custody Determined?

How Is Child Custody Determined?

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!