Whenever a couple gets divorced, the issue of child custody becomes important.
While both parents might do their bit in ensuring that their child’s interests are best looked after, it is possible that the judge might not agree with them. However, certain standard rules are applied.
A child’s feelings in a custody case are important, and a judge has to consider them, if not rely on them entirely.
The wishes of a young child might not hold much importance, but a teenager’s preferences are significant. However, the child cannot make this decision by himself. The final call is taken by the judge only.
The parent providing constant care to the child has a good chance of getting its custody since he/she has a strong bond with him. Also, the judge tries to avoid taking the child away from his school, locality or friends in case one parent is moving out of their home.
Interference of one parent with other’s visitation rights is not taken kindly by the court since contact with both parents is necessary for the child.
A parent’s lifestyle, like alcoholism, negligence, drugs, excessive work timings, etc., can also affect custody decisions.