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Child custody and child support are often the most disputed areas as they affect both emotions and money. Unfortunately, children are often used as bargaining chips. Parents' responsibility to manage their children's growth and development continues even though the marriage ends.  

Most courts will make child custody decisions based on what is in the “Best Interest of the Child” if the parents cannot come to an agreement. This aspect can be the most complicated and controversial part of any domestic case.

There are numerous factors the courts will consider when making decisions. Reasons to hire a private investigator include:  

  •  Document Neglect

  •  Document Mental or Physical Abuse

  •  Gain Visitation Rights

  •  Obtain Custody Rights

  •  Protect a child's wellbeing & surroundings

  •  Verify the child's mental and physical welfare

  •  Adoption

Factors in determining Child Custody 
  1. Overall best welfare for the minor child.

  2. Stability, lifestyle, health

  3. The schedules of the parents

  4. Criminal Records, involvement in criminal activity (past or present) or associations of any documentable criminal element

  5. Evidence of child abuse or neglect.

  6. Any accusations of abuse by a parent about the other parent

  7. Domestic violence or other complaints against a parent

  8. Evidence of alcohol or drug abuse of a parent

  9. Parenting skills

  10. Ability to provide basic needs: food, shelter, education and medical care for the child

  11. The Morality of the parent

  12. The people immediately surrounding the child

  13. The physical and emotional health of the parent

  14. The home environment of the parent

  15. The parent’s willingness to encourage and maintain the child’s relationship with the other parent

  16. Abduction or abandonment or neglect of the child

  17. Defiance of legal process by one of the parents

  18. The care and affection shown to the child by the parents

  19. The atmosphere in the home

  20. The financial standing of the parent

  21. A parent's past and or current conduct

  22. Does the parent associate with anyone the child should not be around  

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