Child custody is an important topic to discuss with your child’s other parent. No matter how you two feel about one another, if you’re both decent parents, then you should have time with your child.
It is normally presumed that both parents will continue to play a role in a child’s life, even if they are divorced. How much time you spend with your child depends on a number of factors and who ends up with primary custody.
How do you get primary custody?
Primary custody is determined by considering what would be in the best interests of the child involved. For instance, it may be in your child’s best interests to live with you the majority of the time if you have a more flexible work schedule while the other parent does not.
Primary custody is also based on factors such as:
- Which parent has played a larger role in the child’s life as a caretaker
- If there was any abuse leading up to the divorce
- The child’s preferences, if they are old enough to speak on their own behalf in court
- Who is more familiar with their child’s needs
If you want to give yourself the best chance of obtaining primary custody, then it’s important to start noting all the things you know about your child and how you provide for them. You may also want to reach out to witnesses who can speak on your behalf so that you can show what a positive role model you are in your child’s life and that you deserve to be the primary custodian.