This lesson will review general principles of custody disputes including terminology and factors used in resolving custody disputes. Separate lessons will cover custody jurisdiction, modification, and visitation.
On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
- Explain why all states use some variation of the best interest of the child standard in custody disputes using a multitude of factors.
- Discuss how most states use the primary caretaker as part of the best interest standard and not as a separate presumption.
- Analyze and apply controversial factors related to custody disputes including race, religion, physical condition, and parental conduct and lifestyle.