If you and your spouse have a child and are planning to get a divorce, you may be concerned about getting custody of your little one. The judge does not automatically award custody based on the gender of a parent. Instead, he or she will look at other factors that contribute to the child's well being. Here are a few things you should consider if you would like to have full custody of your child:
Are you financially stable?
Although it may not seem as if your work history and credit rating should be considered when it comes to determining who will serve as a full-time parent for your youngster, your financial history can be an indication of whether or not you can suitably meet the needs of your child. Children are expensive, and if your mate will not be providing a large amount of child support or alimony, it is important that you have sufficient income to care for yourself and your child adequately.
The judge may look at credit ratings and any sources of income that you currently have.
Do you have consistent living arrangements?
If you are constantly moving due to a work schedule or other factors, this may not be considered appropriate or beneficial for your child. Children generally need a stable living environment. Thus, not only does the living environment have to be suitable based on available amenities and comfort. It also should be stable in terms of location and longevity.
Were you the primary caregiver before the divorce?
If you have not spent time caring for your child prior to the divorce, the lack of care will likely not be viewed favorably by a judge. On the other hand, if you have been the primary caregiver of a child, the judge may not want to disrupt that relationship. Still, you may need to have proof of the time that you regularly spend with your child. It is wise to provide pictures and other documents indicating that you have been there to take your child to sporting events, school meetings and other engagements. In addition, pictures showing that you have been there during important life events, such as birthdays, may be helpful. The judge may also meet with your child in his or her chambers to determine how the child views his or her interactions with you.
If you you are planning to seek custody of your child, discuss your plans with a family lawyer such as Gilbert P Kaback. He or she can help you prepare for upcoming court dates.