When resolving child custody issues, judges will try to decide what actions are in the child's best interests. But the fact is that when in the midst of a hotly contested child custody dispute, both parents likely believe that they are already aware of what is in the best interests of their children.
Having a judge render the final decision on child custody terms can be both positive and negative. On the plus side, a judge is in the position to make objective observations about both parents' abilities to take care of their children.
A judge can look at a family's circumstances and decide which parent is best able to provide the children with a stable home environment. In this regard, the judge may take into account such factors as which parent has previously been most responsible for the children's care.
On the other hand, there can sometimes be less obvious factors at play. It is an unfortunate fact that a parent may have personal issues that are not readily apparent to an objective outsider. Also, some parents lack the maturity or emotional strength required to take on the responsibilities of full-time parenting.
And if a custody battle is especially contentious, one parent may attempt to influence a judge's opinion by painting an unfairly negative picture of the other parent. A parent may even be dishonest when describing the other parent's behavior or child-rearing abilities to a judge.
So if you find yourself having to fight for custody or visitation rights, it could be very beneficial to have an experienced family law attorney on your side. Front Range Family Law helps their clients pursue their custody goals by providing representation and understanding. You can read about how we may be able to serve you on the child custody page of this website.