How do courts determine custody in New York?

In general, divorce is a very emotional, overwhelming, and frankly exhausting process. When the couple going through the divorce have one or more children together, matters are even more emotional and difficult for the entire family. This is due to the inevitable fact of having to come to an agreement on the custody arrangement that will go into effect upon the finalization of the divorce. In the event that the couple getting divorced cannot agree on custody, which is frequently the case, the court will have to step in and decide on their behalf. The judge is required to rule in what they believe is the best interests of the child. Of course, the judge doesn’t personally know the family and therefore, will have to assess gathered information to determine an appropriate custody situation.

Just a few of of the many factors that the court will take into consideration include the following:

  • The relationship between the child and each parent
  • The age and health of each parent
  • The age and health of the child
  • Each parent’s ability to care and provide for the child
  • Each parent’s history of substance abuse or domestic violence

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