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What does the court consider when granting child custody?

When it comes to matters of child custody in Texas, the court is 100 percent in charge. While you may have an idea of what you want to happen, this does not mean the court will agree. This is why you should fully understand what the court considers when granting child custody.

Regardless of the situation, the court must answer this question: What is in the best interest of the child? The answer will drive the decision.

Of course, there are many details that go into answering this question. The court will consider a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

-- The physical and financial ability for the parent to provide the child with essentials, such as medical care, food, and shelter.

-- Each parent's medical history, both mental and physical.

-- The child's sex and age.

-- The wishes of the parents.

-- The child's choice, if he or she is 12 years of age or older.

-- The adjustment required if a child will move to a new city, state, or school.

-- The child's current quality of life.

The court looks at many details when deciding on child custody matters. As a parent, you should understand the process, including what is taken into consideration. This will help you make key decisions that could work in your favor.

Just the same as the court, you should have the best interest of your child in mind at all times. This may mean agreeing to something you are not happy about. Even so, if your child is in a good place that is all that matters.

Source: FindLaw, "Getting Custody FAQ," accessed Dec. 02, 2015

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