What “Best Interest” of the Child Really Means

Most judges in family courts focus their decision for child custody based on what will be beneficial for the child’s well being. The judge will hear both sides during a court hearing and then create a custody arrangement that reflects the child’s growing needs. An attorney can help parents get ready for court, and offer advice as to how they can showcase themselves as the right parent. They can talk with you about laws for your state and how it may affect your child custody case. Law teams have represented parents just like yourself, who want more than anything in the world to have an involvement in their child’s life. 

When the judge is determining which parent will get custody, these are the following factors that will likely be taken into consideration: 

Consistency of Routine

Family court judges want to see that children have a consistent schedule, as this lays the foundation for healthy growth. The court prefers arrangements where the child will be living in a suitable home for a long period of time, has extracurricular activities, friendships, and is relatively close distance to other family members.

Proof of Parenting Ability

An attorney can prepare you for the types of questions a family court judge is likely to ask during your child custody hearing. The judge is going to evaluate each parent for parenting ability, and will ask questions related to what they can offer the child. The judge may inquire about your current job, your income, what your schedule looks like, how much time you have for your child after a work day, where your child will go when you are at work, and access to quality medical care. We can help you gather proof to show that you can provide shelter, clothing, food, education, parental guidance, and loving support if awarded custody. 

The Child’s Age 

Depending on the age of the child, the court may or may not consider the child’s preferences on which parent they’d rather live with. Asking a child at a young age who they would rather be with can leave a mark, and isn’t always the best way to conclude who gets custody. Younger children tend to need more hands-on care compared to older kids. The judge may prefer a parent who has more time to dedicate to taking care of their children, instead of a parent who makes a higher salary but has less time after work. 

Parents may be understandably anxious and heart-wrenched at the idea of losing their child if the other parent is given custody. Parents may be unsure where to even begin building their case. You can rely on our team to get you prepared for your hearing, and even can go with you to court as your legal representation if needed.