If you are facing a contentious custody battle, you might think securing a satisfactory arrangement is out of your hands. While it is true the judge will ultimately make the final decision, it is also true you can sway them by demonstrating your ability to provide for your children. To discuss strategies for securing custody, turn to The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL. Below, attorney Rafael Gil III explains how a judge will define the best interests of your children.
Ask a Divorce Attorney: How Will a Judge Determine the Best Interests of My Children?
What Are the Best Interests of a Child?
In the context of a custody case, “best interests” refer to the child’s overall security, happiness, emotional development, and physical health. When ordering a custody arrangement, the judge will consider a variety of factors, all of which affect some aspect of the child’s physical or emotional well-being. If you want to secure custody, you will need to demonstrate how you can meet all of their needs.
What Factors Will a Judge Consider?
When determining child custody, the judge will consider the emotional connection between the kids and each parent; your ability to handle your children’s daily care needs, like bathing, dressing, and cooking for them; your ability to provide for them financially; your ability to maintain a stable home life; your overall health and longevity, especially if the children are young; and your ability to support them in their academic and extracurricular endeavors.
If you are pursuing sole or joint custody of your children and want to build a strong case, turn to The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL. Visit the firm online to explore their practice areas, including personal injury and bankruptcy, and call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney today.