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Family law: Consider the physical and emotional needs of a child

| Feb 25, 2019 | Family Law |

Navigating a Spokane divorce is rarely easy, and when there are children involved, it becomes even more challenging. While each parent might be overwhelmed by the need to ensure stable post-divorce financial situations, family law first focuses on the physical and emotional needs of the children. The best interest of a child is the primary focus of judges, and they typically address a number of factors when making child custody rulings.

Even if joint custody is sought, the court will consider which parent has been the primary caregiver, as well as the age of the child and his or her bond with each parent. The food, clothing, shelter, medical care and educational needs of the child will be assessed, and the physical and mental health of each parent will be gauged. Understandably, the court will not allow circumstances in which a child’s safety is compromised.

Change in routine and surroundings is another aspect that the court will consider. Changing living arrangements, child care and school routines, access to family members and other changes in what a child believes to be normal can have significant emotional impacts on children. Courts typically try to limit negative consequences for the children.

Any parent in Spokane who is considering divorce might have questions about child-related issues and how potential changes in family dynamics might affect child custody. An experienced family law attorney can provide valuable advice after assessing the family’s unique circumstances. A lawyer can provide guidance and support throughout the entire divorce process, regardless of whether it is an amicable settlement or litigated proceeding.