When a court is deciding on
child custody arrangements for your child, the most important factor is determining
what is in your child's best interest. Likewise, this should be the
most important consideration for you as a parent.
Although you may feel that you should ask for child custody, there are
circumstances in which it is not advisable. Do not ask for child custody
if you cannot properly care for your child, if you believe that you could
not devote time to the child, or if other circumstances make it inadvisable.
You must think about the health, safety, comfort, happiness, and education
of your child above your personal motives for obtaining child custody.
The court will always attempt to keep the child in the family home to maintain
continuity. This will allow the child to remain in the same school, play
with existing friends and participate in regular activities. Forcing your
child to move to an entirely new location could be unnecessarily difficult
for him/her. However, if there is abuse in the home then uprooting the
child is necessary, even if it is difficult at first for the child.
If you're in need of legal help during a child custody dispute, contact
our law office to enlist the services of a
Los Angeles family law attorney.