Child custody questions and concerns answered

When couples make the difficult decision to divorce, one of the first concerns they may have is which parent will receive custody of the children. Child custody concerns are reasonable and understandable concerns the family law system helps parents resolve when they have decided to end their marriage. Parents can agree to a child custody agreement, and are encouraged to do so, but if they are unable to agree, the family law court will make a child custody determination.

The family law court makes all child custody decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. The court looks at a variety of factors to determine what is in the best interests of the child. The may also look to which parent is considered the primary caretaker of the child. To determine which parent is the primary caretaker, which is considered an important bond, the court considers which parent has direct care-taking responsibilities for the child.

Direct care-taking responsibilities include daily care such as grooming and dressing the child; meal planning and meal preparation; making health and dental care arrangements; and teaching the child, including reading, writing and math. If a parent is seeking child custody and the parents are unmarried, it can create additional challenges for the father seeking custody which it is important to be familiar with.

Understanding the child custody process can lead to better outcome for parents and children when parents are concerned about custody of their children and visitation rights. It is essential to keep in mind that the focus of all child custody considerations is what is in the best interests of the child and it can help for parents to be familiar with how that is determined.

Source:, "Deciding Who Gets Custody FAQs," Accessed Oct. 9, 2017

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