This is the crucial and the most intricate part of the whole process. Child custody is decided by the court after, taking a whole lot of pointers into consideration. When it is about child custody, the court appoints a Guardian ad Litem who investigates into the matter and represents the best interests of the children.
Both the parent is viewed as equals when they come before the court for child custody. The court does not presume anything on the basis of gender, and is not partial towards either the mother or the father. The non custodial parent is gets visitation (that is the term to describe the time spent by that parent with his/ her children (minor)).
There are various factors that help in determining the best interests of the children, some of those are listed below –
- The bond, love and emotions between each parent and their children.
- The ability and outlook of each parent to bestow the child love, care, and guidance.
- The bond, love and emotions between the siblings.
- The environment of the home of each parent.
- The ability of each parent to provide the child with food, clothing, day to day needs, medical care and other basic needs while considering the potential child support payment by the other parent.
- The ability of each parent to continue the child’s education and rearing.
- Recommendations by the court appointed Guardian ad Litem.
- Evidence of violence in the home, which includes emotional, mental or physical violence or abuse.
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