In a divorce or separation, one of the most contested issues is child custody. Couples who cannot resolve their custody issues on their own may be forced to allow the court to decide, which can be stressful and deny parents any say in their custody decision. Judges take a number of factors into account when they are making child custody decisions. Our Madison child custody attorneys can help you build your case for child custody.
The court will make their decision in accordance with what they feel is in the best interest of the child. There are many factors that the court will weigh in making their decision to ensure they are making a decision that will benefit the child best.
Factors that affect a child custody case include:
Frequently, judges prefer to award custody of the child to the parent who has been the primary caretaker until now, provided they are able to support the child well. Often this means that the mother is given custody, but more courts are being flexible when it comes to fathers receiving custody. The primary caretaker is responsible for most of the child’s care, including:
Courts are forbidden from discriminating against fathers in custody decisions, but it still is far more difficult for fathers to gain equal or full custody of their children. Many fathers seek to gain custody of their child, but biased judges and traditional gender roles can influence their custody decision. If you are trying to get custody of your child, you should be able to demonstrate your involvement in your child’s life. The judge will make their decision based on the best interest of the child, so you should build a case to demonstrate how you currently and will continue to meet your child’s needs.
You can build your case by showing proof of your involvement. Testimony from other adults in your child’s life will be a powerful tool to demonstrate your involvement. Speak to your child’s teachers, coaches, counselors, troop leaders, doctors, tutors, and the parents of their friends to gather written statements about your involvement. Financial records can also be used to show that you provide for your child and have enough earning power to support them.
Building a case for child custody isn’t simple, and we are prepared to fight for your best interests. Our Madison child custody attorneys are exceedingly knowledgeable and experienced in all child custody issues. If your situation is particularly complex or unique, you can trust that our team at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. can guide your family through your custody dispute. Whether you are getting divorced, are separating, or are unmarried parents who are seeking to exercise your rights, our lawyers can find the right solution for your situation.