Divorce and child custody matters can be very difficult for the parents involved. They are generally very emotional decisions as well. Due to the combination of the emotions and the complicated nature of the determination, many times a custody determination becomes quite contentious. Understanding the process and legal basis involved in custody determinations can be very beneficial.
Ultimately a custody determination is made after analyzing many different factors to determine what is in the best interests of the child. Some of these factors include the age of the child, which parent cares for the child most of the time, their adjustment to each parent's home and many others. Also, either the parents or the courts must decide whether one parent will have sole custody or whether the parents will share joint custody of the child.