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The factors involved in determining child custody rights

When considering who's going to get custody of a child, the courts look at several factors. The most common things to look at include the child's age, medical history and physical and mental health. A parent's location and habits will also be considered. For example, if the parent works 12 hour days, it may not be to the child's benefit to live with that parent. The parent would not be home often, which would mean the child would be left home alone. A parent with a normal job working six to eight hours a day is in a better position to provide a child with the needed physical and emotional support.

Another thing to consider is the current quality of life the child enjoys. If moving in with one parent over the other will hinder that quality of life, then the parent that can offer a more stable lifestyle is more likely to obtain primary custody.

The emotional bond between the child and the parents and the wishes of both parents will be considered. If the child is old enough to make a decision on his or her own, which is normally around the age of 12, the court will consider what the child has to say.

The courts will also look into whether or not the child will have to move to a new school or new location by choosing one parent over the other. Typically, it's in the best interest of a child to stay in a stable position instead of starting completely anew; however, moving does not automatically mean that a parent will not obtain sole or primary custody. There are many factors to consider on the whole, so it's important to bring all information about your financial and physical ability to provide for your child when you speak with your attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Getting Custody FAQ," accessed Oct. 19, 2016

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