Many factors are involved in determining the parenting arrangement after divorce, including but not limited to, the parents’ ability to cooperate and communicate, the parents’ historic roles during the marriage, the feasibility of a parenting arrangement considering the work responsibilities of the parents, and the proximity of the parents’ homes after the divorce. Also, issues of abuse and unfitness (e.g. drug/alcohol issues and domestic violence) are, of course, considered. Preference of the child, when over the age of 14, is a relevant factor. Educational opportunities for the children and the children’s age are also relevant factors to be considered.
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