3 Things That Determine Child Custody Arrangements

If you’re in the initial stages of a divorce, there’s no doubt that the issue of custody is going to come up. You or your spouse will file a petition for divorce, and in a perfect world you will both come up with an agreed-upon custody arrangement. But we all know this is not a perfect world and as such, you’ll probably go back and forth when determining a child custody plan. Most likely, you’ll have a temporary order in place until the final details can be worked out. An experienced child custody lawyer Utah would like to help you understand three key reasons that determine custody arrangements.

Three Things That Determine Custody Arrangements

There are three key factors to consider when working out your custody plan during the divorce process: the age of the child, the parent who can best fit the primary caretaker bill, and the best transition for the child.

Best Transition for the Child

The court will take into consideration what is in the best interests of the child when working out a child custody plan. No matter what, the court wants to ensure that the child’s transition is as easy as can be during the stressful time that a divorce brings.

So, if one parent is moving across town and it means the child will have to switch schools, that parent may not be awarded custody, as it would certainly place more stress on the child of not only going through his parent’s divorce but also losing his friends and familiarity of his school.

Primary Caretaker

In many custody cases, the primary caretaker is important as courts want to place the child with the parent she has the strongest bond with. The emotional bond between a parent and a child helps determine the child’s successful passages during each developmental stage. When determining which parent is best to be deemed the primary caretaker, the courts will look at a number of different factors, including:

  • The ability to groom, dress and bathe the child.
  • Meal planning and preparation skills.
  • Arrangements for health care.
  • Encouraging the participation in extracurricular activities.
  • The ability to teach math, writing and reading skills.

Of course, those are just a few considerations the court looks at when determining custody, and your child custody lawyer Utah can better explain.

Age of the Child

Believe it or not, the age of the child is also considered when determining child custody. If the child is younger and does not know any better, then the court will look more at who is the better parent to be deemed the primary caretaker. However, if the child is older and has plans to leave for college soon, or would like to stay living in the family home, he may have a say when it comes to which parent he would prefer to live with.

It’s best to reach out to an experienced custody lawyer for more information.

About the Author:

Eric Swinyard is divorce and family law attorney in South Jordan, Utah. For experienced legal assistance, contact Eric for a free 30-minute consultation at (801) 850–9740.

Law Offices of Eric Swinyard
10808 S. River Front Parkway Suite 3080 
South Jordan, UT 84095

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