When parents break up, they don't always agree on who will have custody of the children. If they ask a judge to decide, what will the decision be based on?
Factors Judges Use When Deciding Custody
The most important factor in deciding who gets custody is the best interests of each child.
To find out what is in a child's best interest, judges consider these factors, among others:
This article explains the main steps in applying for child custody and child support when common-law couples break up and can't reach an agreement on their own. Custody means living arrangements and visiting rights regarding children. Common-law couples are couples who are not married.
Request for Custody and Child Support
The person who is asking for custody and child support must file these...
Common-law couples who break up and don't agree on child custody or child support might need a court decision right away. However, it can take months to get a trial date. This is why they can ask for a "safeguard order" in the meantime.
Custody means living arrangements and visiting rights regarding children. Common-law refers to couples who are not married.
Safeguard Order on Custody and Child...
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