Child Custody

Generally speaking, in determining the custodial arrangement of a child, the Courts will seek to make a decision that promotes the best interests of a child. To this end, the Court will try to decide which arrangement best promotes and advances the educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual development and well-being of the child.

Custody is based on the best interests of your child

Whether you are facing custody, visitation, or child support issues, it is important to know that there are no set arrangements in which a court must choose. The child can live with one parent on a more primary basis and visit with the other parent every other weekend, the child might live with one parent one week and live with the other parent the next week, or the Court may determine that some other arrangement is in the child’s best interests.

Typically speaking, it is also important to note that the gender of the parties does not (and should not) have any effect on the outcome of your custody case. That is, a mother is not necessarily more likely to have primary custody of a child simply because she is the mother. Again, if it is determined that the child’s best interests are better served by living with the father on a more primary basis, then the father will be given more time with the child.

Determining a Child’s Best Interests

More specifically, when determining a custodial arrangement that promotes the child’s best interests, some relevant considerations include:

  • the home environment of the parent
  • who the parent lives with
  • a parent’s ability to meet the day-to-day needs of the child
  • the child’s preferences
  • the relationship between the child and the parent

There is no defined list of considerations taken into account when making this decision, but the above are a few examples.

Discuss your options with a family law attorney

If you are in need of legal advice as to your options in resolving custody, visitation, and child support issues, contact our office today to set up a consultation. Whether it’s resolved amicably out of court or the matter must move forward in court, attorney Doughton Horton can discuss your options with you so that you can make an informed decision.


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