How Do Courts Determine Child Custody Arrangements?

How Do Courts Determine Child Custody Arrangements?

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 29-May-2018

Child custody includes both physical custody (where a child resides) and legal custody (the decision-making power for the child’s education, healthcare, and upbringing). When a couple divorces, a child custody order will be issued, outlining the responsibilities of each parent regarding physical and legal custody and visitation. How do courts determine child custody arrangements? These orders are based on the child’s best interests.

The court will consider several factors, such as:

  • The sex, age, and health of the child
  • The ability of both parents to care for the child
  • Any history of domestic violence or abuse
  • The relationship of the child with each parent
  • Any history of drug or alcohol abuse by either parent

The child’s physical, emotional, mental, and psychological health is of utmost importance. The court will encourage a positive relationship between the child and both parents, if possible. Parents with a history of domestic violence or abuse may have a difficult time persuading a judge to grant child custody. Instead, they may get supervised visitation time with the child.

If you are seeking custody or visitation time with your child, R. Gregory Colvin, LLC is here to help. We have guided countless clients to successful outcomes, and are passionate about protecting your rights and interests. Call today at (407) 603-3460 to discuss your case with our experienced Orlando family law attorney.

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