Women seeking child custody in divorce need to establish that primary custody with the mother is in the best interest of the children. That showing can be hindered if the father is vindictive, invests heavily in an aggressive divorce attorney, or denies the mother access to community funds to pay for a divorce attorney. To help women understand their custody rights female divorce attorney Jin Kim offers free consultations and affordable fees payable by credit card. To learn more about your custody rights or begin your child custody case call (916) 250-1610 Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM.
Best Interest of the Children
The legal standard that governs the family court’s custody determination is the child’s best interest. In essence, the court will consider which custody arrangement will serve the child’s best interest solely from the child’s standpoint – not the parent’s. Accordingly, the court will evaluate the following factors in their inquiry:
- The child’s health, safety and welfare
- The nature and amount of the child’s contact with both parents
- The emotional bonds between parent and child & how best to provide continuity of care for the child.
- History of drugs or alcohol abuse, &
- History of abuse
Custody & Child Support
The custody order will greatly influence the amount of child support. In California child support is calculated according to the Guideline formula which is influenced by the percentage of time a parent has custody of the children. Accordingly, as the mother’s percentage of custody increases so to can the amount of child support received.