Ending marriage can bring various challenges into your life, but legal matters which involve your children may be the most difficult of all. Child custody, in particular, can be incredibly emotional and may leave a parent distraught. If you are worried about losing a custody battle or whether you will be able to see your child in the future, it is pivotal to do what you can to prepare yourself. There are many different factors that courts will review when making a custody decision and it is important to be aware of how they determine what is in a child’s best interests.
Some of the factors that may have an impact on your child custody case include whether your child prefers one parent over the other, the wishes of each parent, your work obligations and your former spouse’s work responsibilities, each parent’s health (physically and mentally) and the quality of your relationship with your child. There are many other factors that can come into play when it comes to a child custody case, such as accusations of domestic violence. For example, if you have been accused of family violence (even if you are innocent), these allegations could significantly impact your ability to secure custody.
We know that child custody can be incredibly difficult, but it is one of the most important aspects of family law. By giving yourself a better understanding of how these cases work, you may be more prepared for the challenges you could face and the likely outcome of the case.