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Am I going to get custody of my child?

When you are ending your marriage, the most stressful aspect is probably child custody. If your number one question is, "Will I get custody of my children?" you need all the help and advice you can get. Getting custody means you need to understand what the family courts consider and how a lawyer can help.

Here is some important information you should know about child custody, visitation and family law.

Core considerations

If you have concerns about obtaining custody, you must know what the court will keep in mind when determining the outcome of a custody case. Here are some factors the court will prioritize:

  • The physical and financial abilities of both parents to provide the child with food, clothing, shelter and medical care
  • The medical histories of both parents
  • The occupations of both parents
  • Potentially harmful habits of both parents, such as drug use or excessive drinking
  • The age, medical history and sex of the child
  • The emotional bonds between the parents and the child
  • The amount of adjustment the child will experience if he or she needs to move to a new area

Overall, the court wants the child to have the best life possible. The court is looking for which parent is most likely to provide the child with a stable home. If you can demonstrate you are a responsible, loving and stable parent, you have a better chance of receiving a good custody outcome.

Joint custody

It is a common misconception that one parent always gets primary custody while the other parent gets visitation. This is not always the case. Sometimes both parents get partial custody. This is when a child will spend a significant amount of time with both parents. 

You may have a lot of fears about your custody battle, which is understandable. But with the right help, you can fight for the best interests of your child.

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