State factors for custodial arrangements

Typically, each state has factors in deciding custodial arrangements, considering the following in some form or another:

  • age and sex of the child
  • emotional ties between the parties involved and the child
  • relationship between child and siblings
  • capacity of the parties seeking custody to provide a loving, nurturing environment for the child
  • capacity and resources to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care and other necessary care
  • characteristics of the parties seeking custody: age, physical and mental health, stability and character
  • effect of the continuation or proposed disruption of the existing home of the child
  • preferences of the child, if the court deems the child physically and mentally mature enough to make such decisions
  • ability of the parties involved to come to an acceptable arrangement regarding visitation of the child with the other parent
  • abuse or domestic violence witnessed by the child by either parent toward s the child, toward another sibling/close relation or against one another
  • other relevant factors particular to a child-custody dispute