Although every parent involved in a child custody dispute would like to win, the decision ultimately lies in what would be in the best interest of the child. When determining the best interest of the child, the Court can take anything and everything into account. Specifically, the Court will look to the Holley factors, statutory factors, and case law.
Let’s explore a few of these factors a bit more.
When making a decision regarding the custody arrangement between two parties, the Court may consider the desires of the child. Who does the child want to live with, and why? If a child, for example, appears fearful or hesitant to live with a particular parent, this may indicate a greater issue that can impact the Courts decision. While other factors may be considered, such as a child’s age and ability to express their own desires, the goal is to protect the child’s mental, emotional, and physical health presently and in the future. Any sign that a parent may pose a physical or emotional threat to the child, is reason to inquire further and may potentially impact the Court’s decision.
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