How does the court determine child custody?

The court considers several factors when determining the custody of children, such as living situation, proximity to other family members and schools, and income of each parent. A custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the child is always the priority. Unless extreme circumstances necessitate separating the child from one parent, a judge will typically favor joint custody arrangements. These circumstances can include any history of abuse, drug or alcohol use, and mental or physical health issues. The bottom line is that your children’s interests are always protected.