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What factors are considered when awarding custody?

After two people have decided to no longer be together their decision can affect more than themselves, especially if there is a child involved. Married or not, the couple may have much to discuss and sort out including child custody and support. If both parents want full custody, the discussion can easily turn into a dispute that will be had out in court.

If one or both parents want full custody, it is not just given to them. When the courts are making the decision on what type of custody will be awarded to which parent, they may look at any of the following factors to help them decide:

  • Parents' mental and physical health.
  • Child's wishes.
  • Age and sex of child.
  • Parents' use of drugs, alcohol or sexual abuse.
  • Need for a stable environment.

The point of examining these factors is to determine what arrangement would be in the child's best interest. Courts want to know that the child can be properly cared for by whichever parent they award full custody to, so if one parent doesn't seem like the best choice, they may not get what they want. There is the chance that parents may even receive joint custody and the child may spend the same amount of time with his or her parents.

If you are in the midst of a custody dispute, a South Carolina divorce attorney may be able to assist you. Parents don't always agree, but if you feel your child belongs with you, an attorney can help you in your fight.

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