The influence of finances on child custody battles

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Custody |

Divorce and all that goes with it can make the lives of the people involved very difficult and very complicated. It can also be extremely costly and time-consuming. If you are in the middle of an unpleasant child custody battle, the chances are that you have hired a child custody lawyer, which may be expensive, depending on how long the custody battle rages on.

When it comes to the financial standing of two divorced parents, it is often the case that they do not make the same amount of money. In fact, it is rarely equal. If the situation is that one of the parents earns a comfortable amount of money and the other earns very little or nothing at all, there may be a perception on the part of someone involved that the custody decision will favor the parent with more money.

Income is not the only deciding factor in a custody battle

When it comes to deciding on child custody, the court’s top priority will always be the best interests of the child. The money will enter into the equation when it comes to child support because the judge will need to decide how much money the supporting parent must pay in child support. A larger income means that the child will get what they deserve from the supporting parent more easily and reliably.

In the eyes of the court, there are many different deciding factors that enter into the decision of child custody:

  • Parents’ stability
  • The primary caregiver for the child before the divorce
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental state of the parents
  • Physical condition of the parents
  • Possibility of domestic abuse
  • Possibility of child abuse
  • Where the child wishes to live
  • Where the couples other children live
  • Opportunity for a solid education
  • The courts perception of the parents
  • Financial standing of the parents

Valuable advice of a Torrance child custody lawyer

Divorce can be extremely difficult and if you are in the middle of a child custody battle and you and your ex-spouse do not see eye to eye, it can be even more difficult. That is why the solid advice of an experienced California child custody lawyer may help your case tremendously. The situation is not perfect but the right advice can minimize the negative aspects and help you to focus on the positives that come out of a difficult situation for everyone’s sake.