Answer these questions before fighting for child custody

If you are going through a divorce and concerned about matters associated with child custody, you are not alone. Many people find themselves in this position every year.

While some people are able to settle on a child custody arrangement that makes them happy, others feel the other parent is pushing them out.

Before you begin the fight for child custody, here are some of the most important questions to address:

-- What does the court take into consideration when deciding who should get custody of a child?

-- Is the mother or father more likely to be awarded custody by the court?

-- Are you harming your chance of receiving child custody if you move out of the family home and leave the children with the other parent?

-- Is custody always awarded to just one parent?

-- Are there any special details to consider as a gay or lesbian parent?

-- Does the court take race and religion into consideration when deciding on child custody?

-- Who is in charge of making decisions on visitation?

-- Is it better to go through mediation as opposed to the traditional court process?

If you are concerned about child custody, if you don't know where you stand, these are the types of questions to address before things go any further. With the right answers, it is easier to understand what to expect and what could happen along the way.

You have the right to fight for child custody. By understanding the finer details you improve the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

Source: FindLaw, "Getting Custody FAQ," accessed Nov. 23, 2015

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