Every family court and most every family strives to ensure the best interest of a child or children is when addressing matters of child custody. There are many factors that can determine the outcome of a case, including the possible need for a modification of an existing child custody agreement. California parents who are confronting these types of family court proceedings may benefit from gaining an understand of what factors typically influence a case.
Naturally, factors specific to the child's needs will be considered. The age of the child and the relationship he or she already has with a parent are important. Each parent's specific ability to meet the needs of that child will be considered in determining the best interests of the child.
There are other factors that may also be relevant. For example, the status of the child's education and/or the strength or weakness of a particular school system can be a factor that works in favor of or against a parent. The child's ties to a community can also influence where that child will be most of the time.
Achieving a child custody agreement that addresses California family's needs and what is best for the child may be the goal for all; however that process can get murky and may also need to be revisited as needs of the child and family change. Negotiating a fair agreement is typically of the utmost importance for parents. An experienced family law attorney can help a parent prepare for addressing these issues, including litigation when necessary. Our website has more information about child custody issues related to California families.