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CHILD CUSTODY

Child Custody

child custody

Child custody and child support are often the most disputed areas as they affect both emotions and money. Unfortunately, children are often used as bargaining chips. Parents' responsibility to manage their children's growth and development continues even though the marriage ends.  

 

child custodyMost courts will make child custody decisions based on what is in the “Best Interest of the Child” if the parents cannot come to an agreement. This aspect can be the most complicated and controversial part of any domestic case.

child custody

There are numerous factors the courts will consider when making decisions. Reasons to hire a private investigator include:  

  • Document Neglect
  • Document Mental or Physical Abuse
  • Gain Visitation Rights
  • Obtain Custody Rights
  • Protect a child's wellbeing & surroundings
  • Verify the child's mental and physical welfare
  • Adoption

For the record: We would like to note that under normal circumstances: Child custody and child support although normally thought of as a single issue are two very separate topics. They are rarely thought of as a single issue by the courts.

Factors in determining Child Custody 

  1. Overall best welfare for the minor child.
  2. Stability, lifestyle, health
  3. The schedules of the parents
  4. Criminal Records, involvement in criminal activity (past or present) or associations of any documentable criminal element
  5. Evidence of child abuse or neglect.
  6. Any accusations of abuse by a parent about the other parent
  7. Domestic violence or other complaints against a parent
  8. Evidence of alcohol or drug abuse of a parent
  9. Parenting skills
  10. Ability to provide basic needs: food, shelter, education and medical care for the child
  11. The Morality of the parent
  12. The people immediately surrounding the child
  13. The physical and emotional health of the parent
  14. The home environment of the parent
  15. The parent’s willingness to encourage and maintain the child’s relationship with the other parent
  16. Abduction or abandonment or neglect of the child
  17. Defiance of legal process by one of the parents
  18. The care and affection shown to the child by the parents
  19. The atmosphere in the home
  20. The financial standing of the parent
  21. A parent's past and or current conduct
  22. Does the parent associate with anyone the child should not be around