Whether you are divorcing or have a child with an ex-partner, it is typically a good idea to get an agreement on child custody in writing. It can be highly emotional when trying to divide your time with your children. However, if the two of you can reach an agreement that you both can live with, it will avoid a contentious court experience.
When determining issues of child custody, family courts will first consider the best interests of a child. The attorneys at Prince Contreras PLLC in San Antonio can help you understand your legal options.
What Does A Judge Consider When Looking At A Child’s Best Interest?
Judges will look at the facts related to issues, such as:
- Stability of each parent’s home and a child’s education
- Physical and emotional well-being and needs of the child
- The child’s primary caregiver
- If 12 or older, who the child prefers to live with at this time
There is a lingering misconception that the law will always favor the mother when it comes to custody determinations. While this may have been true in the past, the courts now recognize that a child will usually benefit from having some form of relationship with both parents. All custody decisions will be based on what is in the child’s best interests, not the gender of the parents.
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