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Wyoming Child Custody

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Wyoming has three major types of child custody, joint, sole, and shared. The court will determine which is more beneficial to the children and is also in the best interest of the children by considering many factors. These factors include:

* The wishes of the children as to which parent they would like to live with.

* The capability of both parents to care for their children.

* Which parent will allow the children to have a relationship with the non-custodial parent.

* The relationship between the children and each parent including emotional ties the children may have with one parent over another.
* If the parent can provide food, clothing, medical care and any other material needs that need to be met.

* How long the child has lived in this home and if the home is a stable environment.

* If the home in which the child now lives is a strong permanent home.

* The morality of the parents.

* The physical and mental health of both parents.

* The school, the community, and the home environment in which the children now live.

* What the children prefer if they are old enough and mature enough to make that decision.

* The overall willingness of the each parent to keep a close parent child relationship with both parents and their children.

* Evidence of domestic violence.

* Any other factors that are considered to be important and in the best interest of the child.

If both parents are deemed to be fit and worthy parents the court will suggest joint custody or shared custody. This gives both parents the rights to make major decisions regarding education, medical, dental, religion and any other issues that may arise. Normally, the parents will submit a parenting plan to the court that will explain where the children will be living and if they will be spending equal time with each parent, what school the children will attend, if both parents will be making the decisions or if they will share this responsibility, and what they propose in case of disrupts that may arise which can include counseling, a mediator or even parenting classes.

If joint or shared custody is not feasible the court will award custody to the parent they believe will be in the best interest of the children and will allow the children to have a loving relationship with their children.

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