When it comes to child custody cases, there are a lot of different factors that must be considered. Of course, courts will look at the relationships between children and their parents, the financial circumstances of parents and other factors that will help the court try to decide which arrangement would be in the best interests of a child. One factor that can play a role in custody cases which is sometimes overlooked is the age of children. If you are preparing for a custody case or are going through a bitter dispute with your child’s other parent, please look into issues related to your child’s age if they could impact your case.
When children are very young (one or two years old), it can be especially difficult for them to deal with being separated from a parent. It is critical for parents to be mindful of separation anxiety at this stage of a child’s life and do what they can to make things easier. As children get older, they become more mature and some may be able to handle separation better. However, each child is unique, and some can be devastated by these issues at any age.
If your child is a teenager, there may be various unique stressors they are experiencing that should be considered. For example, they may be working through challenges related to school, their friends or employment. It is vital for you to be mindful of your divorce and custody issues from your child’s perspective and do what you can to protect their interests.