Wyoming Divorce Custody
According to Wyoming divorce custody laws, Wyoming Statutes chapter 20-2-201, the basic premise or getting the custody of the child is that the best interests of the child must be safeguarded and the welfare/safety of the child must be protected at all costs.
The following factors are considered by the courts in the state of Wyoming while handling child custody issues:
- Judges try to analyze the parent-child bonding and the emotional support that a parent can give to the child. To whom does the child turn to while seeking psychological and emotional help? Which parent bonds most with the child? All these questions are analyzed by the judges before awarding child custody.
- The parent who is physically fit and mentally capable of taking care of the child is preferred while awarding custody of the child.
- The parent who does not attempt to alienate the child from the other parent and is likely to adhere to the parenting plans perfectly, is generally awarded the custody of the child. WY child custody laws specify that the primary caretaker of the child must be awarded custody of the child. But, if that parent is found to be disrespectful of the relationship between the other parent and the child, the n courts would not grant that parent custody.
- Joint custody of the child is awarded in cases where both the parents are required for the best interests of the child and the presence of one parent is not detrimental to the growth of the child. In joint custody cases, for all practical purposes, judges try to determine the geographical proximity of the divorced spouses. The spouses are also required to formulate a sound parenting plan and visitation schedule so that disputes and confusions in the future can be addressed.
- For practical purposes, one parent gets the physical placement of the child and the other gets the non-custodial rights. In the latter case, that parent would have access to the child’s time in weekends, holidays etc.
- Sole custody is awarded in cases where it proven beyond doubt that one parent has been involved in substance abuse or physical abuse or child neglect or child abuse and thus is totally unfit for raising the child. If the violence was targeted on the child, then the issue gets further complicated. In such cases, child custody laws in WY specify that such a parent gets the visitation rights only and they also may be supervised. If the child is found to be under fear of that parent then visitation rights can be forfeited.
- In the state of Wyoming, child support law specifies that either of the parents may be asked to extend the child support. The factors that determine the amount of child support depend on the age of the child, special medical/educational needs of the child, financial obligations of the parents, the number of children etc. Child support can be terminated when the child reaches the age of 18 years, has married or has joined the defense forces.