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Typical Factors to Determine the Best Interest of the Child

The divorce court will consider the following factors

  • Child's age and health

  • Health of the parents

  • Stability and lifestyle of the parents

  • Child's adjustment to the community and school

  • Parents' ability to provide for the child's needs

  • Relationship the child has with each parent

  • Any disabilities of the child or parents

  • Child's preference, if he or she is an appropriate age to voice a preference

If the divorce court considers a child's preference, it must decide whether the child's preference is in his or her best interests.

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