When two people get divorced, dividing assets and deciding the terms of the separation can be a messy affair. When there are children involved, things become more complicated and emotions run much higher. Claims of abuse or neglect can determine which parent will retain custody of a child and under what conditions another parent can visit with their child. There are often claims of abuse or other factors that may determine a parent’s fitness; and these claims may or may not be true. In these cases, you need evidence to strengthen your case.
When it comes to child custody investigations, the best interests of the child are key. A private investigator can conduct a child custody investigation on your behalf to ensure that your children are safe, and evidence that can help to establish the truth about your child’s welfare and safety in the courtroom.
Types of Child Custody
In order to understand the nature and purpose of child custody investigations, it’s important to understand what sorts of custody exist, and what class of custody you are seeking (or seeking to prove is not right for the child).
What the Courts Consider in Custody Cases
When the courts decide custody, they are guided by the best interests of the child standard. Although the details may vary from state to state, Courts are required to take into account a number of factors that will assist in determining what custody arrangement will be in the child’s best interest. Obviously, if there is abuse, that will be a determining factor. The Courts will look at the overall picture including which parent is most capable of providing support to the child, where the child will be safest, the mental and physical needs of the parents and children, and what type of extended family network is available to help with raising the child. Each jurisdiction has its own laws that provide guidance to the courts as to how to determine the best interests of the child.
Here are some common factors that the courts are likely to consider when determining the best interests of the child: