If you choose us to be your family lawyer during the divorce process, you may have many questions or concerns about how your children will be affected by the dissolution of your marriage. To ensure your legal needs are met, we encourage you to ask us whatever questions you have about the child custody process, including how child support works, the differences between sole and shared custody, and factors the court considers while making child custody arrangements.
1. What Factors Does the Court Consider?
When the court determines what type of custody arrangement will be awarded, they often consider factors like:
- The child’s ability to adjust to new social, school, and family environments
- The willingness of each parent to work with the other
- Where each parent lives
Additionally, the court will likely take into accounts factors like the child’s age, emotional attachment to each parent, and any history of domestic violence or child abuse.
2. How Do Sole and Joint Custody Differ?
As your family lawyer, one of the most important aspects of child custody is understanding the difference between sole and shared custody arrangements. In a sole custody arrangement, one parent assumes nearly all of the parenting responsibilities. In comparison, in joint custody arrangements, both parents share parenting responsibilities.
3. What is Child Support?
Child support refers to payments made by one parent to the other to help cover expenses for their child. If you choose us to be your family lawyer, at Northpointe Law Group, we will make sure that your best interests are protected throughout every stage of your child custody case, especially when child support is being determined.