How child custody is determined is important for divorcing parents to understand. Knowing how child custody is determined can help parents anticipate the process so they can work to develop a child custody arrangement that is best for their child.

Child custody factors

Child custody is based on a determination of what is in the best interests of the child. What is in the best interests of the child is, in turn, based on an assessment of a variety of child custody factors including:

All of these factors are considered with the goal of ensuring the most stable and safe child custody arrangement for the child that will foster the child’s overall well-being. It is helpful for parents to focus on a child custody arrangement that is best for the child along with the family law court. Familiarity with the child custody process can help divorcing parents prepare as they negotiate the best child custody arrangement for their family.