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Child custody considerations: Know what to expect

One of the biggest challenges of divorce is deciding who will have custody of your children in the future. While the court is sure to consider the well-being of your children above all else, there are things you can do to get what you want.

Here are some of the many factors family law courts consider when determining who will get custody after divorce:

  • The types of custody arrangements: There is more than one type of custody arrangement, so understanding the details of each one is important. For example, you may be interested in seeking sole physical and joint legal custody.
  • The past: For example, if you've been solely responsible for raising your children up until the point of your divorce, it'll work in your favor as the court will realize that you have the experience necessary to maintain a stable environment.
  • The wishes of your children: This doesn't always come into play, but if your children are old enough to convey their wishes the court may take it into consideration. For instance, if your 15-year-old says they want to live with one parent rather than the other, and they can back it up with reasons why, the court will strongly consider this.

Once you decide to divorce, it's critical to turn your attention to child custody, visitation and related matters. If you neglect to do so upfront, you could be caught off-guard as the process proceeds, leaving you in a difficult spot.

As you fight to protect your legal rights, keep in mind that you want to make decisions that are in the best interest of your children. There's nothing more important than that.

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