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What's considered to be in the best interest of a child?

When judges are asked to render decisions in child custody cases, they're taught to do so by taking into account what's in the best interest of the child. While what a judge will consider to be most ideal for a child may be different in one jurisdiction versus another, there are some commonalities that exist.

Does cheating impact who will be awarded custody of a child?

Years ago, a scorned spouse who was able amass evidence that his or her ex had cheated on him or her would gain an upper hand in divorce proceedings for doing so. Nowadays, no-fault divorce dominates. As a result, it's become a lot less relevant whether a spouse had an affair or not when settling a divorce. Some legal experts suggest that it may still play a role as to how a judge decides a child custody matter though.

Choosing the right visitation plan for your infant

When you child is still an infant, maintaining your sanity as a parent is largely contingent upon establishing a predictable routine that you and your baby can follow. It can seem difficult to do, though, if you and your co-parent aren't living in the same home after separation or divorce.

Factors that can impact your ability to gain child custody

When it comes to a judge making child custody decisions, we often hear that they make decisions that they believe will be in the best interest of the child. It's important to note that there are some factors, surrounding that parent's living arrangements, that will greatly impact where they're allowed to ultimately live as well.

How out-of-state moves are handled by family law judges

Family law judges rule on making decisions that are supposed to be in the best interest of the child. From a judge's perspective, though, moving away, whether from your child's other parent, his or her family or his or her friends, might be ideal for you, it might not be ideal for your child's well-being.

Why shared custody may be in the best interest of your child

One of the first things parents think about when they decide to seek a divorce is how it will affect the kids. While the discussion of what the best custody arrangement is for the child's overall well-being has long been a matter of debate, it's only recently that researchers have begun to feel confident that shared custody is best.

What's an ideal visitation schedule for your infant or toddler?

For children less than 2.5 years of age, child psychologists argue this is a critical time age for a parent to bond with his or her child and establish themselves as his or her primary caretaker. At this age, children are just learning to develop trust for others.

What type visitation schedule is right for you and your children?

Figuring out which parent is going to have the kids for holidays or birthdays can be difficult. Deciding who's going to take the kids to school, extracurricular activities and on the weekends doesn't have to be as difficult, though.

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