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Child Custody/Legal Guardian

In cases of divorce or separation, a child custody investigation can ensure a child's safety. During a child custody investigation, the investigator finds the experience of a child with the custody or non-custody parent. This helps the court decide who is the best suitable to look after the kid and other rights of the non-custodial parents, such as visiting rights.

The investigation itself could use surveillance to observe what happens when the parent is with the child. There will be documentation of any neglect or abuse. Investigators could also question the parents, child, and other witnesses.

The findings of the investigation will be provided to the court, or parent who initiated the investigation. Some factors that the court will consider when deciding on the custody/legal guardian rights are include:

  • Stability, health, lifestyle and schedules
  • Criminal Records and/or activity
  • Evidence of child abuse or neglect
  • Unfounded accusations of abuse or neglect by one parent about the other
  • History or complaints of violence against a parent
  • Evidence of Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Parenting skills
  • Means to provide food, shelter, and education for the child
  • Home environment
  • Morality of the parents
  • Emotional and physical health
  • Parents willingness to support the child’s relationship with the other parent
  • Abduction or abandonment of the child or other defiance of legal process
  • Care and affection shown to the child
  • Financial standing
  • Parents past and current conduct
  • Acceptability of parents associates