Child custody orders can be contentious, and sometimes for good reason. When you file for divorce, the court strives to ensure that both parents get equal time with the children of the relationship. As a parent, if you have concerns about the safety of your children in that custody agreement, you may not have enough proof to convince the court.
A child custody investigation can provide the documentation that you need to either ease your concerns or support your claims in court.
Child custody investigations look into both parents
A child custody investigation involves assessing the living situations of both parents to determine what is in the best interest of the child. Work schedules, living environments, parenting practices and health issues are factors that apply to the final results.
The judge must order a child custody investigation
When there are any disputes about the living arrangements for children in a divorce, the judge may order a child custody investigation. The judge is the only one who can order such an investigation as part of the case. If you have concerns about your child’s safety or stability when they are with your former spouse, you can ask the judge to order an investigation, but it remains at their discretion.
Child custody is a significant decision in a divorce and the right decision makes a big difference in the child’s experience and long-term stability. Speak up in court if you have any concerns about your child’s living arrangements or the proposed custody order.