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Factors that can impact child custody

Wisconsin parents going through the divorce process will likely have a lot of questions about how their behavior and history can impact their chances of gaining custody of their child. There are actually a lot of things that can and will be under scrutiny, and it's important to know what they are.

VeryWell Family takes a careful look at what can impact a person's chances of gaining primary custody of children during a custody dispute. Some of the things that are commonly thought of include:

  • Family history
  • Ties between the parent and children
  • The child's own opinion if they are old enough
  • A caretaker's ability to provide a stable home and care

Being able to provide a steady environment in the present is a huge deciding factor. However, being able to provide room for growth in the future is also of key importance. A child should be able to have a reliable home with a steady framework that does not change, but they must also have the room to explore as many different avenues for their future growth as possible.

However, FindLaw also shows that there are some lesser-known things that can have an equally large impact. For example, a parent's actions before their case goes to court. As an example, some parents may consider moving out before a divorce is finalized. This can negatively change a judge's opinion on that parent, as it may seem like they are "abandoning" or leaving behind the childen.

It can feel overwhelming to keep track of all these different aspects while also balancing the stress of the divorce itself. This is why some turn to legal councel for additional help.

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