Child custody and parenting time are crucial divorce topics that often cause disputes, especially among couples who disagree frequently. If the parents have contradicting beliefs and opinions concerning their child, the court can interfere and make appropriate decisions for them.
In these instances, the judge is an impartial party who reviews the case details and finalizes arrangements most favorable to the child. They typically use various factors impacting the child’s best interests, including the following:
- The child’s needs, considering physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual requirements
- Special needs of the child if they have health conditions that require specific types of care, treatments or developmental services
- The child’s wishes if they are mature enough to express their preferences
- Prior incidents of domestic abuse or violence within the household
- Each parent’s physical or mental condition, potentially impacting the child’s welfare
- Each parent’s childcare responsibilities during the marriage
- The parents’ motivation and willingness to compromise and meet the child’s needs
- Stability of the child’s life, considering their home, school and social lives
- The arrangement’s impact on the child’s relationships with other family members, such as siblings and other relatives
- Each parent’s capacity to collaborate for the child’s upbringing
The court can review the case details based on these considerations. They could also consider other factors if deemed relevant to the court’s decision.
Decisions that prioritize the child’s needs
Sometimes, the judge needs to decide quickly or request further evaluations before determining what is most appropriate. Specific issues can be challenging to resolve even in court, especially if the child’s or the parent’s safety is at risk. Fortunately, the court can step in during these situations, legally addressing and prioritizing the child’s needs.