When going through a divorce, California parents are often most concerned with how their choices will affect their kids. Parents naturally want what is best for their kids, and that may mean one or both feel they should retain sole or primary custody. This is one of the leading reasons why child custody disputes end up before a family court. When deciding on custody, a judge will consider several factors when determining what he or she believes is in the best interests of the child.
What is best?
The intent of any child custody arrangement is to provide the kids with stability and security. A judge will look at both cases presented by the parents and any evidence given to the court to determine what that is. Factors considered include:
- The bond the child has with one or both parents
- Which parent is more suited to act as the primary caregiver
- What is truly best for the children long-term
Other things, such as the ages of the kids, the wishes of the kids, health care needs and the parents’ work schedules, may also be factors for consideration. A parent pursuing custody has the right to present evidence to support his or her case, including testimony from professionals such as therapists.
A California parent wants to provide his or her child with stability and security well into the future. If a child custody battle is necessary in order to achieve that goal, it may be helpful to work with an experienced family law professional. An assessment of the individual case can help a parent understand what he or she can do to prepare for the process ahead.