A custody issue may arise as part of a divorce, out of a paternity case or after the breakup of an unmarried couple. Regardless of how a custody action begins, the issues are the same.
Child custody decisions are made based on what is in the best interests of the children. The court looks at a variety of factors surrounding the stability of the child, continuing existing parent-child relationships, and protecting the child’s physical and emotional safety.
Custody decisions can take many forms. Parents may share custody equally, or one parent may have primary physical custody — the residential parent —- while the other has visitation. It is rare for one parent to have sole physical custody.
Once custody and visitation are determined, the issue of child support can be decided. We can help explain how that is calculated and what factors may impact that amount.