California law allows a parent to pursue custody of their children regardless of their gender. However, parents are only awarded custody if a judge determines that doing so would be in their children’s best interest. Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that might be used to determine if an individual is fit to serve as a son or daughter’s primary caretaker.
Can you keep your child safe?
A judge will want to see evidence that a minor will be free from harm while in a parent’s presence. In some cases, you may be asked to move to a safer part of town, take anger management classes or take other steps as a condition of obtaining custody rights.
Can you provide for your child?
A primary caregiver must be able to provide a stable environment that allows a child to thrive. When making a child custody ruling, a judge will look for evidence that you are capable of supporting your son or daughter financially and emotionally. It’s important to note that you don’t need to be rich, live in a big home or buy your child expensive gifts to be a good parent.
Instead, you simply need to be able to provide adequate food, clothing and shelter. A family law attorney may assist in the process of obtaining financial assistance from your former partner to ease the burden of raising a minor.
Custody rulings can change in the future
There is a chance that you won’t receive custody of your child even if you are capable of being a custodial parent. However, it is possible to modify a custody agreement if circumstances change. In the meantime, you’re encouraged to take steps to show that you’re a positive presence in your son or daughter’s life.