How Child Custody is Determined
Child custody is one of the most important debates that parents go through during a divorce. Children are often the most precious shared responsibility for which a divorced couple must make an arrangement. There are several types of child custody agreements a couple may choose between or that a court my determine will benefit the child the most. While joint custody is a common form of split custody, there is usually a dominant parent with more physical custody even though the former couple shares legal custody. In other situations, the court may decide it is more appropriate to give one parent sole custody of the child.
At the office of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our child custody attorneys are prepared to help walk you through the process of creating a child custody arrangement that will protect your parental rights and the rights of your child.
Factors that Influence Child Custody
The court will take into consideration several factors in order to provide the best situation for a child to grow up. Some of the most important elements that will help determine the child custody arrangement for a child include the following:
- Specific needs of the child
- Relationship with child before separation
- Quality and continuation of education for the child
- Stability of home environment
- History of domestic violence or other criminal behavior
- Parents’ employment responsibilities
The court may also consider the wants and desires of the child depending on the situation. With these factors in mind, the court will determine the most appropriate custody situation for your child.
Contact a Child Custody Attorney in Houston
If you are going through a divorce and require the assistance of a skilled and experienced child custody attorney, please contact our Houston office by calling (713) 802-1777. You can learn more information and discuss your specific situation with our compassionate divorce lawyers at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler by contacting us today.