When you file for custody of your child after a break up, you may be wondering what the judge looks for when determining who gets custody. There are a number of things that the judge looks at and researches before he makes a determination of who gets custody of the child(ren). This is because there are no set rules on who gets custody, and neither parent is preferred over the other when it comes to custody. The judge essentially makes his ruling on what is in the best interest of the child, not what is already there.
There is no way to predict the outcome of a custody hearing, but there are ways to prepare for it. Here are the main things that a judge looks at when he/she determines custody of a child. Mind you, each judge is different and may take more into account when making his/her decision. Each state is different as well.