Disputes involving child custody are complex and dicey affairs where many variables and factors can come into play. As we’ve previously discussed, family law courts prioritize the well-being and best interests of the child when handing down custody and visitation orders.
With this in mind, how does one’s income level impact the outcome of a custody case? Today, we’re looking at ways in which this factor can affect or shape your custody case.
Disparity of Income Between Spouses
Having more income does not guarantee that a child will reap the benefits of attentive parents, live in a threat-free environment, or get shielded from domestic abuse, drug abuse, etc. However, a lack of income can make it challenging for a parent to provide his/her essential parental duties. This can also become a problem if the family law courts determine that one parent is unable to provide the same standard of living that the child enjoyed when living with both parents.
Accusations of Neglect or Abuse
Sometimes, a parent with more income or resources will assert that the lack of resources from the other parent will lead to neglect of the mental, emotional, or physical health of the child. When these accusations are raised, the family law courts will require solid and robust evidence that this is in fact the case. Thus, a parent can’t simply claim that the less wealthy parent is unfit to parent due to lack of funds, not without clearly illustrating this to the court.
Does Wealth Help A Parent Secure Custody Rights in CA?
There is no simple answer to this, as each and every case is unique. In some instances, the wealthier parent will show that he/she can provide the safety and stability that a child needs. In other cases, the courts might assess the situation and find that the parent with less income has been more involved and is more likely to better provide for the child’s needs.
Without a clear answer, the best way to prep for such a significant and potentially complicated family law proceeding is to consult with an experienced family law attorney. Call us today to learn about how we can help you navigate custody issues, as well as any other family law issues in CA.
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