One of the most complex parts of any divorce with children is making decisions regarding time sharing and custody. Based on the divorce’s nature and how things ended between the parents, the decision may or may not be easy. Several factors go into these cases, and the result should always be based on what outcome is best for the child or children involved.
What Issues Must Be Addressed?
When it comes to child custody two issues must be addressed. They are the legal decision-making authority and how much time the children spend with each of their parents. In most cases, both parents share in the decision making for education, health, and activities. Even if one parent has more time with the child, it is rare for that parent to make all decisions.
For most divorce cases with children, the courts often go with a 60/40 split or 50/50 time sharing. However, the schedule that the court or the parents establish can vary due to several circumstances.
Who Makes the Decision About Time Sharing and Custody?
The parents usually come to an agreement among themselves when it comes to time sharing and decision making. If the parents cannot agree, then the decision is made by the court. With all child custody cases, the judge bases their decision on what outcome is in the children’s best interest.
The divorce will drastically change the home situation for the child. Therefore, the court’s primary goal is to come up with a decision that benefits the child the most while decreasing the drastic effects of how different their life will become as much as possible.
What Factors Must be Determined?
During a child custody case, there are several factors to consider. Here are a few of the main factors that judges consider before making their final decision. During a child custody case, there are several factors to consider
- The length of time the child or children have been in a stable home environment and the desire to continue the same level of stability as much as possible.
- The mental state, physical, and moral status of each parent individually.
- The home and school history for the child and if they need any special education assistance.
- The ability each parent has as an individual to provide for the child or children and to meet their developmental needs.
- The parents’ ability as individuals to always place the children’s needs above the parent’s needs.
- Any history of domestic violence in the home.
- The parent’s ability to provide a stable and consistent routine for meals and homework and bedtime.
- The parent’s ability to be cooperative with the time-sharing schedule They will need to honor the schedule and make accommodations as needed if changes need to be made.
- The level of involvement and knowledge each parent has in regard to the life of their child or children. This includes their child’s interactions with friends and educators. As well as their medical care, favorite things, and any extracurricular activities they are involved in.
- How the parent’s responsibilities for the children will be divided. This should be determined even when some of the responsibility goes to an outside party, such as a grandparent. How each parent will manage that responsibility should also be considered.
Choose the Right Child Custody Lawyer
Residents of the Palm Harbor area can count on the Law Office of Paul H. Bowen for assistance with their child custody case. If you need help in this legal area or have other family law concerns that we may assist you with, give us a call today or visit our website for more information. We look forward to helping you gain control and reassurance with your family law situation.