How Do Courts Determine Who Wins Child Custody?

When you are preparing to fight for the custody of your children in North Carolina, it can be easy to allow your emotions and the disagreements you have with your spouse to dictate your behavior. However, your effort to separate your divorce from the well-being of your children and allow yourself to maintain a realistic perspective of what is best for them may provide you with critical support as you work to establish your reputation as a responsible and loving parent.

Even though it would be ideal for the courts to hear your plea for custody and grant you your wish right away, it is rarely that simple. Rather, you and your spouse are both allotted time and resources to showcase why your home and living arrangements would be ideal for your children. Once you have both had a chance to discuss your position, the courts will analyze each of your situations and assess the needs of your children to make the most beneficial arrangement for everyone involved.

According to, some of the factors that courts take into consideration when determining which of the two of you will receive custody include the following:

  • Any statements that have been provided by witnesses that support your case. Witnesses can include your family members, friends, coworkers, and other associates.
  • Your effort to practice professionalism, respect, timeliness, and organization among other things when in a courtroom setting and when dealing with your soon-to-be-ex.
  • Information provided to the courts by you that discusses your child’s feelings about his or her parents, details about individual needs, and your concerns and observations.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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