When making custody decisions and determinations that could impact a child for years to come, a court will take multiple factors into consideration before a final ruling. The standard upheld by all family courts and the goal of any custody decision is to uphold and protect the best interests of the child above all else. As a parent, you understand how important it is to ensure that the terms of your final order provide your child with stability and security long-term.
In some cases, parents can reach custody decisions without going to court. Two parents have the right to work out the terms of their agreement through negotiations and discussions, reaching a final decision that is satisfactory to both sides. This is not always possible, and going to court is sometimes necessary. Regardless of your approach, the best interests of the child should always be the goal and purpose.
What is best for the child?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to child custody, and what is best for your kids depends on factors that are unique to your individual situation. However, when a court is reviewing your case and making a final decision about your custody and visitation order, it will carefully consider many areas of your life, the preferences of the kids and even your relationship with the other parent. Some factors considered include:
- The child’s expressed wishes
- Your mental health and the mental health of the other parent
- Location of both parents’ homes
- Religious preferences of both parents and the child
- Special needs of the child and daily requirements
- Location of child’s school to where each parent lives
- Ability of parents to work together cooperatively
- Any accusations of domestic violence, drug abuse or alcohol abuse
- Indicators of physical or emotional abuse
The best interests of the child are factors that, in conjunction, all affect the mental health, happiness, physical security and emotional development of the child. As a Colorado parent, your goal will be to seek the terms that will provide your children as much stability and continuity of lifestyle as possible.
You don’t have to fight alone
It is possible to secure a custody and visitation order that shields your parental rights and upholds the standard of the best interests of the child simultaneously. Custody matters are often complex and emotionally charged, and whether it is in court or around the negotiating table, you will benefit from having guidance at every step.