You and your spouse are going your separate ways, but you still need to determine custody. Even if you believe you have what it takes to provide a better upbringing for your children, you’ll have to get the court to agree.
Studies have shown the when asking what is in the best interest of the child, financial stability and material resources play a big part in determining a custodian. But they aren’t the only circumstances that tip the scales, so make sure you know what qualifies when entering a custody hearing.
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The courts can look at a near-endless array of circumstances in figuring out what is best for your children. Countable capabilities aren’t without merit:
- Which parent can better provide good food, proper clothing and safe housing
- Where the child can get a better education and medical care
- The overall financial stability of one household over the other
Keeping food on the table and a roof over their heads is crucial, but they aren’t the only factors. Plus, spousal support could level the playing field. A judge will likely heavily consider contributions outside of the monetary:
- How much a work schedule may get in the way of raising a child
- Which parent has better parenting skills
- Which parent will foster a better relationship with the other parent and avoid alienation
- Which parent will encourage better intellectual and emotional development
Know what is up for consideration when you approach a custody hearing. You may know that you’re the best option for your children when it comes to custody, but you’ll likely have to prove all the ways that it’s true.