Factors in Child Custody Determinations

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.