How Is Child Custody Determined?

November 20, 2017
Child Custody

One of the biggest points of contention of any divorce can be the determination of child custody. Deciding which parent should have sole custody or negotiating a joint custody arrangement is never easy. However, if you know how other parents have been able to decide child custody during a divorce or legal separation, it can help make the process go more smoothly for you and your former spouse.

What Are the Factors in Determining Child Custody?

When determining custody, the first thing that needs to be decided is what type of custody arrangement you are pursuing. Types of custody arrangements include primary custody, partial custody, visitation and shared physical custody, Once the type of custody arrangement has been decided, the next step is to consider the following factors about parents:

  • Any history of criminal activity or abuse
  • Ability to provide for the child emotionally, intellectually and physically
  • Which parent the child prefers
  • Willingness to encourage the child to maintain a positive relationship with the other parent

For more information about deciding child custody in Pennsylvania, call our Bucks County, PA divorce lawyers today.