How Is Child Custody Determined in California?
When two spouses get a divorce or when two legal parents who are not married part ways,
child custody must be legally established, if the two individuals have children. The parents can either come to their own child custody agreement, or the court can make a decision concerning who will have custody of the child. When the court makes a child custody decision, it must determine what is in the best interests of the child. The court is not supposed to discriminate against either parent based on his or her gender or based on any other factors (such as the parent's religion or sexual orientation). Here are the various factors that come into account when a custody decision is being made by the court:
- The emotional bond between the child and each parent
- Each parent's ability to care for the child
- The child's level of attachment to his or her current living environment
- Either parent's history of domestic violence or substance abuse
- The child's health
- The child's age
- The wishes of the child (if he or she is old and mature enough)
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