For many people, the election is just another in the constant four-year cycle of American politics. For others, however, it has become much more and many have been pushed to extreme or polarizing ideologies that are causing a rift between family and friends.
For today’s post, we are looking at how political ideologies can impact your custody case. This doesn’t apply to just recent political debates, either. Many people worry that their ex has unusual beliefs, buys too much into conspiracy theories, and more, which prompts them to ask about this topic.
So, can someone’s political ideology or beliefs hurt their custody case? To answer that question, we have to look at what the family law courts are looking for when they make their decisions.
The Bests Interests of the Child Inform the Court’s Decisions
As we’ve discussed before, the main focus of any custody hearing is to ensure that a child’s well-being and safety has been assured. Some of the factors that they’ll weigh include:
- Each parent’s ability to ensure the well-being, safety, and happiness of the child
- The nature of the individual relationship between each parent and the child
- The child’s other family relationships, including siblings, grandparents, and anybody who lives in close proximity to the child
- The mental and physical state of the parents
- The mental and physical state of the child
- Any evidence of physical or emotional abuse, or potential for domestic violence
Based on some of this criteria, it’s possible that political beliefs or ideologies could have an impact on the court’s decision. If your ex’s beliefs or actions threaten the safety of your child, if he or she gets worked up over these beliefs and shouts at your child, or can be shown to be in an unfit state of mind, the courts will look to take action.
Protect your Family with the Help of a Family Law Attorney
As always, it’s good to remember that custody cases are complicated affairs. They can lead to unpredictable results, especially if you walk in unprepared.
Talk to a legal expert and weigh your options before you take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from a volatile, dangerous, or unfit ex. At R & S Law Group, LLP, we take the time to understand the nuances of your specific situation via a free initial consultation.
Learn more about how we can help. Call us at (949) 825-5245 to schedule your appointment with our CA family law experts today.