How Will The Court Decide My Child Custody Case?
In deciding a child custody case, there are several factors that the court will take into consideration. Most importantly, the court's largest concern is always to protect and promote what will be the most beneficial situation for the children. The "Best Interest of the Children" will always be the most important.
What Factors Into The "Best Interest of the Children":
Before being seen by a Judge, you must first attend a mandatory mediation. A mediator will attempt to have you and the other parent come to a neutral custodial time. An agreement where both parties will feel satisfy always thinking of the best interest for the minor(s).
What can happen if an agreement is not reached?
In an effort to ensure that the children are inconvenienced as little as possible, the court will make every effort to maintain conditions that closely resemble the pre-divorce routine. In other words, the court will attempt to make the new arrangement as close to normal, or as close to the situation that existed prior to the parties filing for divorce.
What if the father was not involved in the minor(s)' life prior to the divorce or separation?
Courts also realize that parents often decide to become more involved after filing for divorce, and many judges will encourage or allow a parent who has been less involved in child care and more of the breadwinner to become more involved. This happens particularly when the parent can show a demonstrated commitment to stepping up to the plate and being more involved in the children's lives.
If you are a parent that wants to be involved in the life of your child(ren), don't give up.
Judges will lean towards one outcome but once they are presented with the full evidence in open court, they have a change of opinion. Be sure to talk with your attorney about your chances before proceeding.
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