In our previous post, we began speaking about the best interests of the child standard and some of the factors judges consider when making child custody and parenting time decisions in accordance with that standard. We've already mentioned a couple of those factors, but we'd like to highlight a couple more here.
Another factor judges are able to take into consideration when determining custody is the extent to which each party has demonstrated willingness to cooperate with their spouse in custody and visitation matters. A parent who is determined to gain sole custody and shows hostility to the other spouse's desire to have an ongoing relationship with his or her children may not be viewed favorably by the court, and this could impact the final outcome. There are good reasons for this. Not only do children normally do better when they have an ongoing relationship with each parent, but both parents will need to commit to cooperating with one another in any arrangement if it is to go smoothly for the child.