The divorce process is messy and can become more complicated when emotions run high. Claims of abuse or neglect can determine which parent will retain custody of a child and under what conditions another parent can visit with their child. There are often claims of abuse or other factors that may determine a parent’s fitness; and these claims may or may not be true. In these cases, you need evidence to strengthen your case.
When it comes to child custody investigations, the best interests of the child are key. Atlas Glinn can conduct a child custody investigation on your behalf to ensure that your children are safe, and evidence that can help to establish the truth about your child’s welfare and safety in the courtroom.
Legal Custody: Gives a parent the right to make decisions regarding the child.
Physical Custody: Means the child lives with you.
Sole Custody: The child both lives with you, and you have the right to make legal decisions regarding the child’s affairs. The other parent may have visitation rights but has no say over the child’s affairs or where the child lives.
Joint Legal Custody: You and the child’s other parent have a say in decisions regarding the child. In the event of a major disagreement, the courts will become involved.
Joint Physical Custody: The child splits their time between both parents’ custody.
When the courts decide custody, they are guided by the Best Interests of the Child Standard. Although the details may vary from state to state, Courts are required to consider several factors that will assist in determining what custody arrangement will be in the child’s best interest. Obviously, if there is abuse, that will be a determining factor. The courts will look at the overall picture including which parent is most capable of providing support to the child, where the child will be safest, the mental and physical needs of the parents and children, and what type of extended family network is available to help with raising the child. Each jurisdiction has its own laws that provide guidance to the courts as to how to determine the best interests of the child, but comprehensive guidelines can also be found at ChildWelfare.org.