I discussed the Best Interest of the Child standard in the last article, but I wanted to go a little bit more into what a judge might be looking for.
The American Bar Association's A Judge's Guide: Making Child-Centered Decisions in Custody Cases identifies different circumstances and questions a judge make look at in deciding best interest.
Factors for an Infant might include:
For an Elementary Aged Child:
These situations show how parents may be evaluated based on the age and needs of the child. Everything can be very fact specific. When facing custody disagreements, you and your attorney should goes these to best present you argument to the court. Ultimately, you want to show the judge that, while in your possession, the status quo will remain in place for the child, thus ensuring the child's life is disrupted as little as possible.