If the custody matters proceed to trial, the court will consider each parent’s ability to care and provide for the child, looking at factors such as:
- A healthy and loving parent-child relationship
- The parent’s ability to exercise good judgment
- Financial stability
- Record of meeting child’s needs, including hygiene, food, shelter, medical, clothing, and emotional needs
- Ability to be involved in child’s education
- Willingness to foster the child’s relationship with the other parent and not disparage the other parent
An experiencedWashington child custody lawyer can examine a parent’s situation and determine how these factors could affect their custody case.