If you're going through a tough divorce, hang in there. Know that this time is tough on everyone and you will get through it. Divorces with children can be particularly hard because you have such a fear of the unknown. Who will your children primarily be staying with after the divorce? Keep reading this week's blog to learn some of the points that can determine a child custody arrangement. Any time you're considering divorce, get your questions answered by an experienced divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211. Call today to schedule your consultation, your first one is free.
How Are Child Custody Arrangements Determined?
STABILITY IN YOUR HOME
Children need stability and consistency in order to thrive. If you change residences frequently or regularly have new romantic partners, this may negatively impact your odds of being awarded custody. The Court will want to see that you can provide a stable home for your child.
WHAT YOUR CHILD WANTS
If your child is old enough to express her opinion, her wishes will likely factor heavily in the Court's ultimate decision. The child must be able to articulate the reason for her opinion, and if the reason is valid, the Court may be inclined to oblige.
THE ONGOING SUPPORT YOUR CHILD RECEIVES FROM YOU
No matter what your child's age is, he needs a parent who will be there to support him. Whether that support comes in the form of attending little league baseball games or helping him fill out college applications, the Court will want to see that you have been actively involved in your child's life in the past, that you continue to stay involved during the divorce proceedings, and that you can be trusted to remain involved in the future.
THE ALLOTED TIME YOU GIVE YOURSELF TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILD.
Some lifestyles easily lend themselves to caring for a child, and others do not. If you routinely work 60 hours a week and frequently travel for work, for example, the Court may decide that you will not be able to dedicate appropriate time to raise your child and award primary custody to the other parent.
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