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DC Child Custody

D.C. child custody may be awarded to either party custody based upon the best interests of the child. "Best interests" will be determined based upon the following: 
  • the preference of the child, if the child is of sufficient age and capacity; 

  • the wishes of the parents; 

  • the child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community; 

  • the mental and physical health of all individuals involved; 

  • the relationship of the child with parents, siblings, and other significant family members;

  • the willingness of the parents to share custody and make shared decisions; 

  • the prior involvement of the parent in the child's life; 

  • the geographical proximity of the parents; 

  • the sincerity of the parent's request; 

  • the age and number of children;

  • the demands of parental employment;

  • the impact on any welfare benefits; 

  • any evidence of spousal or child abuse; 

  • financial capability of providing custody; and

  • the benefit to the parties.

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