Father trying to gain primary custody of children from a drug addicted mother and make sure she gets help and to provide a good home for the children.
A judge can do whatever she/he believes is in the best interests of the child. If you're handling this case on your own, stop doing so and retain an experienced family law attorney. This is not a DIY situation. If you do have an attorney, then direct your specific questions to the attorney.
Assuming you’re referring to a custody hearing and not a custody conference (which are two different things) and assuming this is your first appearance in front of a judge, and that no prior custody order has been entered, the judge will look at the 16 custody factors to determine what the best interest of the child is. This can consist of anything as he or she so decides within the realm of your custody matter.
If you’d like more information about the 16 factors of custody, you can visit my website where I have written a blog on the subject www.thelegesgroup.com.
Also, if you haven’t retained a lawyer, you should do so. Custody trials are a serious matter, and assuming you’re serious about obtaining primarily custody of your children I’d recommend hiring an experienced family law attorney to assist you.
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