Child custody is perhaps the most complex and emotionally-wrenching issue that couples going through a divorce have to resolve. When called upon to make a decision regarding the custody of a minor child, the Court’s primary concern is always “the best interests of the child” – not the concerns or convenience of the adult parties involved. The Court is required to apply numerous statutory factors, controlling case-law, and their own individual discretion. It is a fact-driven process, and the Court will try to craft a custodial situation that allows the child to enjoy the affection and encouragement of both parents whenever possible.
When considering a divorce or legal separation it is extremely important that you discuss these (and other) factors with an attorney. Even if your case seems straightforward, it is important to understand how these factors are likely to apply to your specific case. If you have any questions or concerns about child custody or any other issue, please do not hesitate to call the phone number listed above, send an email, or use the contact form.