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Custody Decisions Must Prioritize Children’s Best Interests
You will go to any length to preserve your relationship with your children and ensure that they are happy. If that means fighting for your rights during your divorce or child custody dispute, then that is what you will do.
Unfortunately, during the course of that fight, many parents end up forgetting what the fight is about: their children. It is not about winning your case for you. It is what is in your children’s best interests.
As a Certified Family Law Specialist, Fredrick S. “Rick” Cohen is recognized throughout Sacramento and Northern California for his experience, education and knowledge of family law. He understands what parents can do to help or hinder their cases during child custody and child support disputes.
The Best Interests Standard
California courts consider a child’s best interests paramount in any child custody decision they make. They look at many factors to determine what is in the best interest of a child, including:
- The child’s age and needs (and his or her preference, if old enough)
- The relationship the child has with each parent and others involved in his or her life
- The child’s current living arrangement and the stability of any future arrangements
- The parents’ motivation (are their requests based on their love and affection for their child?)
- Each parent’s ability to participate in child-rearing and their capacity to cooperate in decision-making
- How the child will adjust to the proposed arrangements
- Any history of domestic violence or other threats to a child’s welfare
You should also consider these factors when determining what your children need. Now is not the time to try to get back at the other parent by requesting more time with your child. Remember: Your child will be better able to cope with the divorce if you and the other parent can remain cordial and come up with a plan that works for everyone involved.
Contact Attorney Fredrick “Rick” S. Cohen
Rick Cohen uses his 25-plus years experience as a family lawyer to help his clients determine what is in their children’s best interests and resolve their child custody disputes on terms favorable to them and their children. Schedule a consultation by calling or completing the firm’s contact form.