Short answer, no "race" is not a factor the Court considers when making a custody decision. But the mother's "legal troubles" and "frequent unemployment" may or may not help you. The court makes a custody decision based upon the "best interests of the child" and considers a number of factors to decide that issue. You should consult an experienced attorney to assist you with your case.
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No, race is not a factor in making custody decisions. No one should ever say that one is going to obtain custody merely because one parent is white and another parent is black. Our country has not gone through the civil rights era for nothing; changes have been made in the law. So in child custody decisions the court pays close attention to what is in the best interest of the child.
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