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Guiding principles in custody decisions

| Aug 24, 2020 | Child Custody And Support |

Courts go over many different factors when trying to find an outcome that serves a child’s bests interests. However, there are some guiding principles that play a key role in how many custody decisions are made. For example, a child’s health and safety is a top priority. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, many states have child custody guidelines that aim to prevent the removal of children from their homes.

By understanding the court’s primary objectives, parents can put themselves in a better position when approaching their own custody case. Moreover, it is pivotal for parents to focus on the best interests of their children.

Prompt decisions and care for children

According to the information published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, many states also aim for prompt permanency decisions. After all, when these stressful court matters drag on for a long time, this often places additional emotional strain on children. Also, some states have guidelines that aim to provide children who are removed from their homes with the care and support that they need in order to become self-sufficient as adults.

Custody and a child’s best interests

There are a lot of factors that courts review when making custody decisions, from a child’s needs to the health of their parents and a parent’s ability to take care of his or her child. Domestic violence, a child’s emotional bond with household members and many other factors also affect how custody is awarded. As a parent, it is crucial for you to safeguard your child’s well-being and by understanding how custody decisions are made, you will have a higher chance of protecting the health of your relationship with your child.

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