Child custody provides the legal guidelines for one or both parent’s rights concerning their child(ren). This “legal” custody includes ability to consent to a driver’s license, consent to receive emergency care, consent to enlist in the military, marry before the age of 18, access to records, and determinations about a child’s religion or schooling.
Some of the factors the Court must consider in determining child custody and visitation include:
- The child’s wishes
- The parents’ wishes
- The relationship each parent has with the child
- The interaction and interrelationships of the child and his or her parents
- The age of the child and his or her developmental needs
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- The character and circumstances of all individuals involved (including step parents)
- The need to promote continuity and stability in the life of the child, and
- Whether and to what degree each parent is capable of providing for and supporting the child, emotionally, physically, and financially.
Mediation is often the best solution for determining child custody issues because it allows both parties to work together to determine what is best for their child. In most cases involving child custody, the courts will order parents to participate in mediation.
If you are facing child custody issues or in need of mediation services concerning the care of your child, please contact The Law Office of David A. Johnson at 208-535-1000.