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Child Custody Factor: The Child’s Developmental Stage and Needs Affect Custody Determination

CHILD CUSTODY SERIES: 20 Factors A Judge Must Consider When Determining Issues of Parental Responsibility and Time-Sharing

The nineteenth factor to consider is:
(s) “The developmental stages and needs of the child and the demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to meet the child’s developmental needs.”

This factor takes into consideration what developmental stage the child is at, what special needs the child has at this stage and which parent can best meet the child’s needs.

These are considerations a court will evaluate when determining parental responsibility and time-sharing.

Every child is unique, and therefore the court must assess the individual circumstances of each child to determine their precise needs and what custodial arrangement will work best for that particular child.

For example, with very young children, the mother may be breastfeeding, and therefore, the child may need to remain in the primary physical custody of the mother during this stage.

In some cases, the child may have special needs, and therefore the court must evaluate which parent is better able to meet that child’s needs.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with child custody for over 30 years in the Tampa area.

We have also been committed to protecting children’s best interests while helping to advocate for their parent’s rights.

If you are having any child custody issues such as time-sharing problems, parental responsibility or any other custody issue that may be causing an unhealthy situation for your child, or negatively affecting your parental rights, we are here to help you.

To schedule a child custody consultation with Gary Dolgin, give us a call at (813) 999-2772, and it will be our pleasure to help you.

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