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What factors into a child custody decision?

47801373_S.jpgBeing a parent is a rewarding but sometimes trying experience. Missouri families may be in the midst of circumstances that bring about a court action that will determine child custody. When a parent is preparing to appear in court for custody proceedings, he or she might be curious to know what factors play into the judge's final decision. 

Child custody proceedings often take some time, and this is because the court will try to examine each situation's individual circumstances. While each case is unique, there are some basic points that are usually taken into consideration. It is important for a parent fighting for custody to be aware of the questions he or she might be asked, and the highlights that can make or break his or her petition. 

Courts routinely examine a child's emotional involvement with each parent. While certainly, money isn't everything, a judge will want to know which party can provide a more stable living environment for a child. If parents wish to find a mutual agreement and are willing to work together on things like medical care, education and other matters, a court will usually support an arrangement that allows this to happen. A court will also look into allegations of violence or abuse, to help make sure that a child is not placed in a dangerous situation. 

There are certainly a number of factors that can play into a court's decision regarding child custody. A Missouri parent may do well to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a client explain to a court how he or she is prepared to provide a child with a stable, loving home, and provide the things necessary for a child to grow up happy and healthy in his or her care.

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