Idaho Child Custody Factors

In Idaho, when making a custody decision, the court shall consider all relevant factors which may include:

(1) The wishes of the childís parent or parents as to his or her custody;

(2) The wishes of the child as to his or her custodian;

(3) The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parent or parents, and his or her siblings;

(4) The childís adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;

(5) The character and circumstances of all individuals involved;

(6) The need to promote continuity and stability in the life of the child; and

(7) Domestic violence, whether or not in the presence of the child. (Idaho Code - Title 32 - Chapters: 717)

In Idaho, as with all other states, the court will always be looking out for the best interests of the children. What you want or your spouse wants is not really relevant until the court says it is. Many parents go to custody hearings not realizing that they must portray themselves as the best custodial parent rather pleading to the court that they simply deserve the children. The court would much prefer the parents to decide who should have custody, but if they canít, the court will do it for them. You can also read more about Idaho child custody in the Idaho state statutes located at: