Some of the Factors Considered when Deciding Child Custody Arrangements

Divorce is difficult because a marriage is coming to an end, and having children involved can make it even more emotional. The unknown of when and for how much time you will see your children during and after a divorce can be challenging. Most parents want to spend as much time as possible with their child, but when getting a divorce from the child’s other parent, it may not work out that way. Child custody cases near the Lake of the Ozarks can be charged with high emotion and worry. Our family law office in Osage Beach, MO wants to help answer a common question when it comes to divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks – what factors are considered when deciding a child custody.

Health of each parent. 

The physical and mental health of each parent can be a factor in determining the best custody arrangement for the children. It’s important to provide a stable environment for children and the health of the parents is a vital part of that.

Living arrangements of each parent. 

Each household may be scrutinized to ensure that it offers a safe and comfortable place for the child to live.

Lifestyle of each parent. 

Daily habits and routines can be taken into consideration when deciding when and how much time the children will spend with each parent. If one parent is required to frequently travel out of town during the week, for example, it may not make sense for that parent to have custody of the child during the week.

Preference of the child/children.

Depending on the age of the child and their ability to articulate well thought-out reasons for who they want to live with, the child’s opinion as to where he or she wants to live may be one of the factors considered by the Judge.

Parental involvement with the kids. 

Being involved in all aspects your child’s life is important, especially when it comes to custody. It can be tough to be at the same events and activities as your soon-to-be ex-spouse during this difficult time, but at the end of the day, being there to support your child can also have a positive impact on the outcome of your custody case.

A judge may consider these factors, along with other factors when deciding what the best custody arrangement is for the child. Each circumstance is a little different and there is not a one-size fits all solution for child custody.

Now that you know about a few of the factors that are considered when deciding the custody arrangement between two parents, you may feel more at ease. Knowledge is power and having knowledge in advance about some of the factors that may be evaluated by the Court can help get you one step ahead of the process. Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we know how emotional a divorce can be and the importance of information when considering divorce near Lake of the Ozarks.

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