Some of the factors that the family court will consider when determining what will be in the child’s best interests (in terms of how to divide custody) include:
- The requests of each parent.
- The child’s custody preferences (if the child is mature enough to express them).
- The mental and physical health of each parent.
- Each parent’s ability and/or willingness to encourage the child to continue having a positive, loving relationship with the other parent.
- The distance between each parent’s home and whether the child would need to adjust to a new community.
- Whether either parent has a history of domestic violence, abuse, criminal activity or addiction.