Legal custody enables a parent to make decisions regarding the child’s education, religion, health care and other central issues.
Custody may be awarded to either parent, or jointly, based on the best interests of the child. In making an award of custody, the court considers but is not limited to the following factors:
- the parents' ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child;
- the parents' willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time not based on substantiated abuse
- the interaction and relationship of the child with its parents and siblings
- the history of domestic violence, if any; the safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent
- the preference of the child when of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision
- the needs of the child
- the stability of the home environment offered
- the quality and continuity of the child's education
- the fitness of the parents
- the geographical proximity of the parents' homes
- the extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation
- the parents' employment responsibilities
- the age and number of the children
The attorney’s at Schibell Mennie and Kentos strive to resolve child custody issues without expensive and emotionally draining litigation and encourage clients to come to a child custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the child. However, when a situation makes this approach impossible, we make sure the rights of our client are upheld and that the child is protected.