Child custody evaluations are often the first item on a parent’s mind after divorce or separation. This is understandable given that it can be one of the most important decisions to make during this period in both parents’ lives.
The Family Law Act sets out who gets sole custody and what factors should determine which parenting plan will work best for every family. These include:
What the child prefers; The time each parent spends with their child; What kind of home environment each has provided; How well they get along as parents; And other circumstances, such as any abuse allegations between them, their job performance (if either works) and emotional stability (unlike some fathers!)