How Do Judges Determine Child Custody?

Judges within states use the standard ‘best interests of children’ when they choose to give child custody to a particular parent. However, most find this legal jargon confusing. After all, don’t all parents want what’s best for their kids? To reduce some of the confusion and find some clarity, there are factors to know to help you understand the child custody process in Denver:

Age of the Child

A judge is likely to grant the mother custody, especially if the child is young and their mom has been the primary caregiver. Months old babies and toddlers fall under this category. If the child is older, judges tend to give custody depending on other factors mentioned later.

The Parent’s Situation

The parent must be financially capable of providing for the child or children. The judge will carefully weigh the capabilities of both parents before making a decision. Do you have a regular job? If you do, do you make enough to support a young child or teenager? If you have trouble keeping a job, you will likely lose the custody battle.

Another factor is the place where you live; the parent that owns or lives in the family home may get custody because of continuity and stability as a child grows. If both parents’ addresses are in near enough, a judge may enforce a time-sharing program for parents.

Relationship with Child Before Divorce

There are cases when one parent does not show interest or does not participate in any activities with his or her child. There are also instances wherein a parent suddenly wants to be a part of the life of their kid, after divorce. The latter may be sincere, but a judge will still account for the behavior before a marriage ended, and will also evaluate the sincerity of the sudden desire to take care of the child.

These are some of the factors that may affect the decision of a judge to grant custody to a particular parent. Knowing these allow you to prepare for life with or without your child.