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Written by attorney Jay R. Mueller

What do Judges Look at When Making Child Custody Decisions

Parents are often confused or at a loss as to what family court judges consider when making custody decisions. In my fifteen-plus years of experience, I have found that courts (not always to be sure) try to make child custody decisions based on what is in the child’s best interest; simple as that.

Typically, the judge weighs a number of various interrelated factors. While the factors vary from state-to-state, they may generally include:

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