When there is a dispute over the custody of a child, the court will always look at the “best interest of the child” in order to determine a custody arrangement. With such an important concept, many people want a uniform definition. Unfortunately, there is not a single definition for what is in the best interest of the child. Instead, it will be determined on a case-by-case basis. A child custody lawyer can advocate for your interests and work to achieve the best custody arrangement for you and your child.
In general, the family court wants to foster a relationship between the child and each parent. In a perfect world, the parents would work together to raise the child together even if the relationship between the couple has ended. Of course, many couples find this difficult, if not impossible. When this is the case, the court will come to some sort of arrangement that the parents must respect.
The court will look at the circumstances of each parent to come to some sort of custody arrangement. They’ll look at the profession of the parents, the preference of the child (if possible), the amount of time a child has spent with each respective parent, etc. It is a very complicated process. A child custody lawyer can work to explain why you should get full custody or joint custody of your child.