How Is Child Custody Awarded?

When many couples get up to the alter and exchange their vows sealing the deal with “I do”, the majority of the time divorce is not on their mind. However, divorce is a very real aspect of marriage that can easily occur within any relationship. Divorce takes place for many different reasons, but ultimately is done because the couple no longer sees eye to eye on the matters that matter. However, a divorce touches more than actually the lives of the couple, but also their family and especially their children. Yet, how is child custody actually awarded and established?

Divorce and Your Children

Child custody is a very sensitive situation altogether. When you are in the midst of your divorce, and child custody is brought up naturally both parents would like to have custody of their children. Although the majority of couples get joint custody, which is usually time equally distributed amongst both parents, others also try to take full custody, and allow only some visitation rights to the other parent. When you are looking into child custody options make sure that what you are doing is what is best for your child, or children in the long run. Many parents try to gain child custody for personal reasons that are separate from that of what their child actually needs.

Understanding Child Custody

However, at the end of the day it is the court of law’s job to determine which parent actually gets child custody in the end. Many varying factors all contribute to how child custody is granted that all deal with the child’s best interest in mind.

In the statutory area of child custody, some factors that the court considers includes, but is not limited to:

  • Interests of the parents
  • The child’s relationship with both parents
  • How the child will interact with home, and community
  • Which parent will allow the other to maintain a relationship with child
  • The overall health (mentally, physically) of all involved with the custody
  • Whom the child would like to live with
  • Any parent’s intention of relocating a child out of state

Overall, when you are going through a divorce and have a child make sure their wants and needs come before your own. When you are dealing with child custody matters make sure to contact an experienced, and dedicated divorce attorney today in order to get you and your child the results you both want and need.

Going through a divorce can be difficult. Finding the right lawyer will help you deal with this change going on in your life. David Nelson, Attorney at Law, has spent over 30 years practicing law in Kansas. He knows how to handle these cases in the best way. He understands how sensitive and serious these situations are and the impact that it leaves on families.  To serve you better, Mr. Nelson offers a free consultation so that you to get a feel for your legal options and for you to see if he is right for you. Mr. Nelson is qualified and experienced and is a great choice to help you through this time. Call (316) 267-1300 today to set up your free consultation.


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