One of the most important and difficult issues during divorce proceedings involves matters of child custody arrangements. It is an unfortunate reality that children are, many times, the ones most impacted by a divorce. With this in mind, it is the duty of family law courts to determine what type of child custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child.
Types of Child Custody Arrangements
The best child custody arrangements, and the ones most favored by courts are those where both parents cooperate and share joint custody. However, there are sometimes problems in one or both households, as well as practical considerations, and a judge may find it in the best interest of the child to grant sole custody to one parent. In some instances where both parents have major problems, third party custody may need to be considered.
Some of the factors that the court may take into account when determining a child custody arrangement includes:
- The interactions between the child and their siblings
- The ability for the child to adjust to change
- The reasonable preferences of both parents and children
- The physical suitability of each home environment
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- Any evidence of sexual or domestic abuse in the home
- Any evidence of drug or alcohol abuse in the home
Protecting the Best Interests of You & Your Child
For more than three decades, our Cleveland family law attorney at The Law Offices of Dennis P. Levin has handled a wide range of child custody matters for clients who are divorced, anticipating divorce, separated, or even unmarried. From helping you develop an effective parenting plan and time-sharing agreement to requesting or defending against modification requests, we are here to put our knowledge and skills to work as we represent the best interests of you and your child.